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Animal Rights Group Sues For Chimpanzee Personhood

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The person who left the comment never made a comment here before. Look at the upper right. It says 1 item.

No, what this site is is a first amendment site, unlike the progtard sites that delete comments that they disagree with, racist or otherwise.

Incidentally, the comment of interest came in from the heart of progtardia, Portland, Oregon.

Can you say, “False Flag”?

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Telegraph

[An}animal rights group has filed what it said is the first lawsuit seeking to establish the “legal personhood” of chimpanzees.

The non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy “a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned.”

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Tommy’s “detention” in a “small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed” in central New York is unlawful and demands his immediate release to a primate sanctuary.

Pictures of the day: 1 August 2013Chimpanzees “possess complex cognitive abilities that are so strictly protected when they’re found in human beings,” Steven Wise, the president of Nonhuman Rights Project, told Reuters.

“There’s no reason why they should not be protected when they’re found in chimpanzees,” he added.

“The focus here is whether a chimpanzee is a ‘person’ that has access to these laws,” said Favre.

The lawsuits come as medical authorities re-examine the employment of chimpanzees in research in light of new technology that renders the use of chimpanzees less necessary.

In a decision applauded by animal rights groups, the US National Institutes of Health in January said it was reducing its use of chimps in biomedical research, retiring most to sanctuaries. At the time, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins called chimps “very special animals” that deserve “special consideration.”

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» 60 Comments

  1. Corky

    December 2nd, 2013

    I have an idea why don’t they move Tommy in with them so he can rip their faces off, gouge their eyes out, and remove their hands because that is what “humans” do.

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  2. Navy Squid

    December 2nd, 2013

    They just want to “legalize” simians so they can marry them! Definitely be an improvement over “Mooshell” obama! ;-)

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  3. carter

    December 2nd, 2013

    The Obama Presidency has even made the Chimps uppity. You’d think they’d be happy to just have one of their own in the brown oval room

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  4. He is ruining the country

    December 2nd, 2013

     
  5. bitterclinger

    December 2nd, 2013

    Rush predicted this.

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  6. TSUNAMI*22

    December 2nd, 2013

    Translation: Someone intends to run against Sheila Jackson Lee and Frederica Wilson and [they] are looking for some kind of tree-hugger angle to remain in power.

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  7. Snowchops

    December 2nd, 2013

    To Corky…no one stated that chimps can’t be dangerous….they are however extremely intelligent and feeling creatures. I wish this group luck with removing Tommy and all other chimps to a sanctuary where they can live their days out in peace and happiness. Medical research is a despicable and uncaring profession. As well, people that hold onto these creatures for their own selfish pleasure should also be made to relinquish them to a sanctuary.

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  8. Snowchops

    December 2nd, 2013

    I’m not an Obama supporter but these comments are disgusting. I’ve looked here for news occasionally, but racism sure runs rampant in these parts. Ugh!

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  9. Corky

    December 2nd, 2013

    @Snowchop–I think my problem is the “legal personhood” part. I don’t think I was disputing their intelligence or the need to treat them humanely NOT to be confused with treating them as humans. That does NOT make me a racist and I am really offended by your accusation. Don’t get me wrong, I am actually beyond offended.

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  10. reddecaesari

    December 2nd, 2013

    next stop citizenship then barky care.

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  11. Snowchops

    December 2nd, 2013

    Corky…I wasn’t referring to you as a racist…some of the other comments on here were though.

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  12. Uncle Al

    December 2nd, 2013

    I’ll be willing to recognize any species’s rights as soon as they recognize mine. Let me know when chimps are sufficiently self-aware and understanding of the world they live in so as to sign a legally binding contract and know what that means.

    Until then, such creatures are candidates for property status. And potential meals.

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  13. TSUNAMI*22

    December 2nd, 2013

    @ Snowchops

    Just for clarification, I’m not a racist, I’m a misogynist who likes to poke fun at the “protected class” of politicians and liberal pundits.

    ;)

    Mostly I just like to stir up the poop at the expense of prudish politically correct people.

    Oy

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  14. Brian in BC

    December 2nd, 2013

    @Snowchops – I can’t let this comment stand without refutation:

    “Medical research is a despicable and uncaring profession.”

    Are you kidding? Seriously?

    Medical research is DESPICABLE and UNCARING?

    Wow, just wow…so all the doctors, nurses and scientists who are working everyday to find cures for cancer, genetic disorders, viral disease etc. are all despicable? I’m guessing you love the fact that you didn’t come down with Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Typhoid and Tetanus because the people who worked on finding cures for them are so disgusting.

    If it comes down to the life of a human being or an animal, I’m sorry but the one made in God’s image is the one who is going to live.

    Does this mean I condone cruelty? No! Does this mean I condone, unnecessary suffering for animals? No! But what it does mean is that when it comes to deciding if it is right to conduct medical research on animals vs. humans, I’m going to move towards doing what we can to help humanity.

    The fact that you are currently alive and not suffering from a multitude of aliments proves that you too ultimately have a life made possible through medical research.

    Simply stunning attitude…wow…to make it personal, you would disparage my wife and her work to try to eliminate childhood disease under the banner of DESPICABLE? Unreal.

    You don’t have a clue about what you are talking about nor the people that you are throwing under the bus.

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  15. mkultra

    December 2nd, 2013

    wow, what a coincidence! Carter’s very first comment on the site is racist, and Snowchops very first comment is to condemn the ‘racism’. It’s almost like snowchops and carter are concern troll sockpuppets hoping to discredit this site.

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  16. Get over it

    December 2nd, 2013

    This is a comedy website. Your supposed to poke fun at everyone.

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  17. MOE TOM

    December 2nd, 2013

    The chimps are a hell of a lot more intelligent than the chumps interviewed at the exit polls after obama’s two elections. GMAF break!

    Brian at BC. 10 thumbs up

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  18. Bad Brad

    December 2nd, 2013

    Shit I’d take the Chimp over the Obamanation. Am I as racist as Tsunami. OH GAWD PLEASE SAY NO. LOL.
    By the way Don’t Eat the Yellow Snowchops. If the idiot, the masses of dependent people, voted in as President, not once, but twice, was slightly dumber, you would need to water the sunofabich. I think you might be visiting the wrong web site.

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  19. serfer62

    December 2nd, 2013

    Well Snowball, you exposed yourself from the start.
    Racist! indeed

    Grow up and get out

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  20. TSUNAMI*22

    December 2nd, 2013

    @ Awe, c’mon Brad – ;)

    LMAO

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  21. Bad Brad

    December 2nd, 2013

    TSUNAMI*22, Hey dude, we need to get our communication issues ironed out. Unfortunately I think it’s on your side. Mean while, check the company face book. We are finally selling shooters.

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  22. TheFineReport.com

    December 2nd, 2013

    If a gorilla like Michelle Obama can called ‘first lady,’ why not call chimpanzees ‘people?’

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  23. TSUNAMI*22

    December 2nd, 2013

    Brad, been watching the site.

    I intended to call you today, but my voice is still on the fritz.

    Brad, delete my email and I’ll delete yours. Maybe re-installing them will clear them up (I don’t know).

    You are receiving mine okay, so it’s probably not on my end. I also check my “sent folder” and it shows outgoing.

    Use BCC when you send (I always do) and also include yourself in the address column.

    I’ll try to connect with you later this week by phone.

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  24. Bob M.

    December 2nd, 2013

    We already HAVE “legal chimps” in America. We call them, “Occupoopers.”

    They even know how to fling their own poo!

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  25. Bad Brad

    December 2nd, 2013

    TSUNAMI*22, Better make it next week. I’m on the road. Have Gun Will Travel. Look into getting your FFL

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  26. BigFurHat

    December 2nd, 2013

    Snowchops,
    point to the other racist comments “in these parts” that aren’t called out by either me or the other readers, or don’t remain a solitary ignored comment.
    Point to more than one racist comment on this thread.

    Maybe you’d be better off at a site where the comments are moderated by someone that thinks exactly as you do and you can remain unchallenged in your comfort zone.

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  27. majorityofone

    December 2nd, 2013

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for the court to convey legal chimphood on the animal rights activists?

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  28. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Snowcaps: “Medical research is a dispictable and uncaring profession.”
    What’s your take on the professional abortionists, like Gosnell, and his supporters?

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  29. Friend of the Family

    December 3rd, 2013

    @Snowchops

    You talk’n to me? Racist? You talk’n to me?

    You KMMFA anytime you want. Don’t ever come here and tell me how to think.

    I kill blacks ants with Raid simply because they are COLORED!

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  30. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    It’s a freaken gay lib, your wasting your time. Tell em to drift.

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  31. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    Friend of the Family, are you white? That’s a color too. Please think about that from now on before you only kill black ants. One begs to ask, how do you treat the red ones? LOL. Ya know some of those ants are Uncles too.

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  32. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 3rd, 2013

    The people who devote time and money to these types of causes only prove that they have too much time and money.

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  33. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Looks like snowcaps melted.

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  34. Friend of the Family

    December 3rd, 2013

    @Bad Brad

    I use those slow poison traps for the Red ones, cause I know they are Communists!

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  35. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Brian in BC scared the livin’shit outta snowcaps.
    I love this IOTW thingy.

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  36. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    Oh dude, and I imagine you think naming Pro Football teams after indigenous people is O.K. too. What the hell is wrong with people like you. LOL.

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  37. Friend of the Family

    December 3rd, 2013

    @Bad Brad

    There’s not a day going by now that we don’t hear about yet another black on white crime. It’s a deluge. And it’s really nothing new; the vast amount of information from so many places on such topics is readily available on your monitor–you would think blacks are running the whole country and rampaging and ravaging all that is of European ancestry. It’s hard to resist this BS Internet: warps your mind to think everything is going on right in your own backyard. I say it’s the Devil’s toolbox. Oh yeah, I get worked up and Dark Side in me explodes with words I wish I hadn’t written. Ah, but that’s just me. A crazy old man nobody really cares about. My real stance is truly “stay in your own neighborhood; and spare us the pain of the drug, gang lifestyle exhibited in too many of your “youth, teens, youngsters, etc.” Something like that.

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  38. Friend of the Family

    December 3rd, 2013

    It’s probably Heiny reincarnated. (That’s an inside one for the originals of IOTW.)

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  39. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    Friend of the Family. Now your making me get all serious and shit.

    “There’s not a day going by now that we don’t hear about yet another black on white crime.”

    I’m waiting for the day my brother. When it happens, you’ll read about it on FOX.

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  40. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Friend otFamily. That’s what I was thinking. The return of the Heiney. If snowdrops shows up again I’ll be surprised. I think Brian from BC knocked the shitbrain out with one punch. Hee.hee

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  41. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Bad Brad Now don’t do anything like vigilante stuff. All I can afford it to help bail you out. I can’t afford a lawyer.

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  42. Chuck Darwin

    December 3rd, 2013

    Chimps are NOT people.

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  43. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    Chuck Darwin, You maybe right, but apparently they can vote.

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  44. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    MOE TOM, No worries my friend. I gotta big ass 45 strapped on at all times and understand perfectly when I can pull it. Not that I need it.

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  45. nomoregore

    December 3rd, 2013

    Progs can come into a site and salt it with radical comments in order to try to get the site shut down for extremism. That may be the underlying plan… If it continues, you may need to exclude those comments.

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  46. MOE TOM

    December 3rd, 2013

    Remember that AIDS came from “gentlemen” fucking the Green Monkey. The same “gentlemen” who suck cock through holes in subway toilet panels. Just sayin’.

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  47. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    nomoregore, I’ve been blessed to hang out here for a while. They stand no chance. Believe me. I think most of us actually hope for one of them to show up with a bit of intelligence. Somewhat of a challenge. Yawn, there boring.

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  48. Friend of the Family

    December 3rd, 2013

    @nomoregore

    No, no, no! Certainly, there’s no extremism here. No way. Many times BFH, our fearless Leader, and a few homeboys/gals from the home office have taken leave to meet in discourse with the opposition. Mind you, though blood stains don’t always come out easy with cold water, and bullet ridden trousers and blouses need mending, it’s still a worthwhile effort to maintain the quality, honesty, and dignity of IOTW. If you don’t understand us, we’ll help you. One way or the other.

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  49. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    Friend of the Family, Well said. But admit it, They are still boring. LOL. There’s been a few I’ve actually felt sorry for. NOT! Ixnay on the Bullettay.

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  50. Bad Brad

    December 3rd, 2013

    In 3 years we will all look back and realize the best thing that ever happened to America is the Knock out game.

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  51. Well.....

    December 3rd, 2013

    I might be a little sexist

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  52. PatriotUSA

    December 3rd, 2013

    Chimps are smarter and can vote like the dupeless BHO and MOOchelle. I think this no pesonhood is done deal as Obanma is a not a natural born citizen so he is a non person to me. So he is a chimpanzee by protardia standards. Cognitive dissonance is what we have here.

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  53. Dumb Ass Liberal

    December 3rd, 2013

    And I thought Tommie was Obama’s basketball czar.

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  54. greetingsfromyonkers

    December 3rd, 2013

    I propose giving Tommy a trial run in the Oval Office. For the next 30 days, let Obama sleep late, play golf, and admire himself in the mirror. Everyone will benefit from this experiment. Tommy can be let out of his cage. Obama can get a much-needed rest. The quality of leadership in this country will markedly increase overnight. The Left will finally be forced to admit Obama’s shortcomings. And Michelle will have a cute, cuddly partner.

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  55. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 3rd, 2013

    Would this be racist?–

    Whenever I shop for a greeting card for a sympathetic friend/relative, I look for one (of the many) which is illustrated with one or two chimps.
    I then sign it “Love, Barak and Mooshelle.”

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  56. Keith in Seattle

    December 3rd, 2013

    Hey guys, Oregon, Like Washington is ONLY blue because of a few densely populated areas. I drove through Oregon last week and found MORE Christian radio stations than rock and roll ones. I spoke with several people on the way and they said three DENSE counties make the state Blue. Like King and Pierce Counties make WA blue. The rest of the state is red and with the sparse population on the east side… well….

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  57. Corona

    December 3rd, 2013

    I can see any libtards’ reason for giving the chimpanzee personhood status. For Gods’ sake, its IQ blows theirs out of the water.

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  58. Snowchops

    December 3rd, 2013

    Holy Cow! Talking about creating a fire storm… I’m a Conservative that has my own views on the use of animals in medical (or other) research. I’ve also noticed how those on here can play fast and easy with what I would consider (at the very least) poor choices on expressing racially toned comments…..I’ve been a reader at the articles here for quite a while but just never took the time to comment until last night….but, it looks like this is the sight that doesn’t like any controversy or opinions other than their own. If everyone felt the same way it would get rather boring I’d say.

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  59. BigFurHat

    December 3rd, 2013

    Well, I’d say you should hang around more and get the gist of the site before you characterize it as racist, or uncaring to animals.

    Maybe if you were here the other night you could have helped me out as I sparred with a couple of readers who I felt crossed the line in terms of inappropriate racial comments.

    The problem may be that jerk in your knee. That’s what puts readers on high-alert.

    Are blacks thugs? Yes.
    All of them? No.
    (Now supplant the term “blacks” with whites and you’ll begin to understand.)

    Readers were probably perplexed as to why I took up a rather tame cause the other night, taking a stand when a couple of readers said, “all black women are ugly.”
    Of all the things to battle that seemed strange.
    Well, it’s because they said ‘ALLLLLL’ black woman are ugly.’
    That kind of absolutism is verboten.
    That’s what leads to “all blacks are thugs.”

    Do some blacks act like monkeys?
    Yes.
    Are all blacks monkeys? No
    Is Obama a monkey? No
    Obama is worse.

    Learn these principles and you won’t ever fall into the trap that the left has laid for you.

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  60. BigFurHat

    December 3rd, 2013

    You say you like your thinking to be challenged?
    Go here and spar with Sundance on this issue of “personhood.”
    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/12/02/the-party-of-elizabeth-warren-files-the-first-ever-lawsuit-to-establish-non-human-personhood-in-new-york/

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