Chimpanzee Representatives Argue for Animals' Rights in New York Court

Representatives for two chimpanzees argued before a New York judge on Wednesday, in the first hearing of its kind over their “personhood” rights and freedom from a research institution.
Steven Wise, the lead attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project, the group arguing on behalf of the chimps, said that the apes are unlawfully imprisoned and that the court should relieve them. They are “autonomous and self-determining beings”, he argued, and therefore deserve the right to bodily liberty.
He cited some of the same evidence that in April convinced judge Barbara Jaffe to grant the historic hearing, and spoke about research on chimpanzee intelligence, emotions and consciousness.