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SUNY chimp case questions animals' right to freedom
SUNY chimp case questions animals' right to freedom

When a court hearing was ordered to determine whether two chimpanzees, named Hercules and Leo, are being “unlawfully detained” by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the primates (and their lawyers) made a bit of history. No, New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe did not decree that the chimps had all the rights that human beings have — as some observers initially thought when she granted a “writ of habeas corpus.” (Generally, only prisoners use habeas corpus to petition for their freedom.) By the next day, the judge had scratched out the habeas corpus reference in her order to show cause. She is simply requiring the parties —...

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