An animal rights group filed a writ of habeas corpus in New York, demanding a chimpanzee be characterized as a legal person with a right to liberty.
The Nonhuman Rights Project, which has been crafting the legal strategy for years, seeks to place a chimpanzee named Tommy in a sanctuary, the New York Times reported.
Tommy is being held captive in a cage at a trailer lot in Gloversville, the group said in its filing.
“This petition asks this court to issue a writ recognizing that Tommy is not a legal thing to be possessed by respondents, but rather is a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned,” the court filing says.
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