(HT: Liberty Pundit)
He’s now got a human name — Matthew Hiasl Pan — but he’s having trouble getting his day in court. Animal rights activists campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed Thursday to take their challenge to Austria’s Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal.
A provincial judge in the city of Wiener Neustadt dismissed the case earlier this week, ruling that the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories had no legal standing to argue on the chimp’s behalf…
Group president Martin Balluch insists that Pan is “a being with interests” and accuses the Austrian judicial system of monkeying around.
“It is astounding how all the courts try to evade the question of personhood of a chimp as much as they can,” Balluch said.
Monday, October 01, 2007
I Wish This Was From The Onion...
...but it's not. Yahoo! News has a story about a group in Austria trying to get their Supreme Court to legally declare a chimpanzee as a person: