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The article below reports on current efforts to have the New York Supreme Court issue a rit of habeus corpus and declare chimpanzees persons for certain legal purposes.

If this suit is successful (obviously uncertain right now) it would be a significant further step legally and culturally in recognizing the extent to which human and nonhuman animals share important characteristics as well as a being a major shift in the legal interpretation of "person" (although that may really have started with Citizens United).

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