Three US judges have rejected lawsuits demanding that chimpanzees be recognized as people with fundamental rights, an animal charity said Tuesday.
The organization says Tommy is held in a cage at a used trailer lot while 26-year-old Kiko is deaf and living in a private home. Hercules and Leo are owned by a research center and used in locomotion experiments on Long Island.
“The court will not entertain the application, will not recognize a chimpanzee as a human or as a person who can seek a writ of habeas corpus,” he was quoted as saying by the charity. Two other judges threw out the petition on the same grounds.
The Nonhuman Rights Project website has published biographies of the four chimps. It said the day it visited Tommy, the temperature in his shed was about 40 degrees below what it would be in his native land.
As for Kiko, the group said he is partially or totally deaf because of abuse suffered on the set of a Tarzan movie before being acquired by his current owners… see more
source: voice of russia