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Habeas Chimpanzee

The nonhuman rights campaign.

Dec 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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That’s precisely the kind of judge that the NRP hopes to draw in just one case: a jurist who wants to make history as the first to grant rights and personhood to an animal. As Steven Wise, a law professor and the moving force behind the NRP’s state litigation strategy, has written, granting a single animal legal personhood would open the floodgates. Should that happen, the deleterious cultural and economic consequences would be staggering. 

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and the author of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement.

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