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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Austrian Court Rules That A Chimp is Not a Person

This came as a result of a lawsuit dealing with the guardianship of a chimpanzee.

An Austrian animal rights group’s hopes to have a chimpanzee declared a person have been dashed, after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that apes cannot be considered people.

The decision comes in response to a plea made by a local animal rights group requesting to be granted guardianship of chimp Matthew Hiasl Pan, after the shelter where he has lived in for 25 years, declared bankruptcy.

Matthew, according to the group, was at risk of being left without a home, reports the Scotsman.

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