By now you may have heard that a judge in Manhattan has ordered a hearing that will determine whether chimpanzees can be considered "legal persons" in the eyes of the law.
If you hadn't heard this by now, no, I am not making this up.
The case is trying to determine whether the two chimps are being "unlawfully detained" because they are in cages at Stony Brook University. There are groups that support the idea that some animals, such as chimps, are "legal persons" with the right to "bodily liberty."
Critics of such positions contend that nonhuman animals do not have legal rights any more than they have legal responsibilities.
This is not the first case of its kind.
A Spanish parliamentary committee adopted resolutions that would give great apes, such as chimpanzees and gorillas, the right to life, freedom from arbitrary captivity and protection from torture. In other words, the same legal rights as humans.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the extremists had seized more than 36,000 square miles of the country, and had also taken control of "the vast majority" of its gas and oil fields. (Onyanga-Omara, USA Today)
Reports that pornographic material was found in the compound were first published by the news agency Reuters on May 13, 2011, just weeks after a U.S. military raid on the site left the al-Qaeda leader dead. (Taylor, The Washington Post)
In Pennsylvania, it's estimated opioids like heroin killed at least 1,300 people last year. In Massachusetts, more than 1,000 have died, and in Connecticut, heroin deaths jumped more than 85 percent in two years. (Allen, NPR)
Unable to field enough teams to form a self-contained league, youth leagues face a choice between playing teams from surrounding areas, merging with nearby leagues or disbanding altogether. (Costa, The Wall Street Journal)
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