Animal rights group sues to have a chimpanzee recognized as a person

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NEW YORK, NY. (KTVI) – The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed papers with the State Supreme Court in Fulton County, NY to have a chimpanzee named “Tommy” to be legally recognized as a person.  The suit is asking that “Tommy” be granted limited right to liberty, and be removed from his owner and moved to a chimpanzee sanctuary.

This comes to light as U.S. federal agencies are moving to retire all chimpanzees in the governments care and to classify chimpanzees as an endangered species.

Through some scientist are saying that the restrictions will hamper biomedical research without the use of chimpanzees.

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