Friday, May 22, 2015

Activists blur distinction between animal welfare, rights

Jeff Stier

What do Corky the orca and Hercules the chimpanzee have in common? Neither are "persons."  Although those facts seem noncontroversial, both required adjudication.  In April, it took a correction from Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe to establish that Hercules was not in fact a person eligible for a writ of habeas corpus. The New York Post reported that the judge "acknowledged that she inadvertently got turned into a monkey's uncle by signing court papers, submitted by (The Nonhuman Rights Project,) that inadvertently bestowed human status on two chimpanzees" used at a state university.  The case is not over. A hearing on whether the "imprisoned" chimpanzees have special humanlike rights is scheduled for May 27…… on Holocaust Remembrance Day this year, April 16, animal rights activists held a funeral procession in New York City to remember pigs and cows who are "victims of the animal holocaust."....To Read More....


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