Vienna Activists Want Chimp Declared a ‘Person’

We’re not talking about the right to vote here.

By WILLIAM J. KOLE
Associated Press

May 4, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

VIENNA, Austria – In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out watching TV. But he doesn’t care for coffee, and he isn’t actually a person—at least not yet.

In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26- year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a “person.”

Hiasl’s supporters argue he needs that status to become a legal entity that can receive donations and get a guardian to look out for his interests.

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