Judge Dismisses Case That Sought To Give Chimpanzees 'Personhood'

Two chimpanzees in a New York university will not be freed nor declared “legal persons,” a judge ruled Thursday, dealing a blow to an animal rights group that looked to give them the same rights as people.
The decision, handed down Thursday, involved a lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project against Stony Brook University on Long Island, which sought to have two 8-year-old chimpanzees freed from the university and transferred to a sanctuary in Florida.