Chimps in research units deserve the same legal protection as detainees, says lawyer Steven Wise – and a US court seems to agree
You’ve been granted a groundbreaking court order that means Stony Brook University in New York has to legally justify keeping two research chimpanzees. What happened?
We filed a petition under a habeas corpus statute, which is usually used to bring a prisoner or detainee before a court to determine if detention is lawful. For the first time, a judge has ordered someone detaining chimpanzees to come to court and argue that it is legal. The arguments will hinge upon whether two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, are entitled to legal personhood rather than being viewed as legal things.