Sunday, September 30, 2007

Austrian court declines to give chimp personhood

With a tip of the hat to How Appealing, there were a number of stories late in the week about an interesting case out of Austria involving a chimpanzee named Pan and the attempt to have the court recognize legal personhood on the Pan's behalf. According to the AP article that the stories were based on, Pan and another chimp named Rosi were captured as a baby in Sierra Leone in 1982 and smuggled into Austria for use in experiments. Customs officials discovered the shipment ad turned them over to an animal shelter, where they have lived for the past 25 years. Now, the animal shelter has filed bankruptcy and Austrian animal activists are concerned about what will happen to the chimps. A judge dismissed a case brought by an animal group ruling that the group had no legal standing to argue on Pan's behalf. The group states that it will appeal to the Austrian Supreme Court.

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