A court in New York has issued a writ of habeas corpus for two chimpanzees owned by Stony Brook University. With this the court has ordered the university to explain the basis for ‘detaining’ the two chimps, a move which has been hailed by animal rights activists as an implicit recognition by New York courts that chimps can be legal people. Chimps are one of the most, if not the most, intelligent animals after humans. In fact, a recent study American-Japanese study even reported that chimps could beat humans are [sic] certain simple games.
YouGov’s latest research shows that the large majority of Americans (74%) believe that animals do have certain rights. Only 16% say that animals do not have rights, while 10% are not sure. People with household incomes over $80,000 (25%) and Republicans (23%) are the most likely to say animals do not have rights, and Hispanics (85%) and Democrats (83%) are the most likely to say that they do have rights.