By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 27, 4:12 PM ET
VIENNA, Austria - He's now got a human name — Matthew Hiasl Pan — but he's having trouble getting his day in court.campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed Thursday to take their challenge to 's Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal.
A provincial judge in the city ofdismissed 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.
The association, which worries the shelter caring for the chimp might close, has been pressing to get Pan declared a "person" so a guardian can be appointed to look out for his interests and provide him with a home.
No, no, I'm SERIOUS:
"It is astounding how all the courts try to evade the question of personhood of a chimp as much as they can," Balluch said.
Yeah, well sometimes I'm just left speechless, ya know? Maybe they'll have to declare me a chimp.
hat tip: trish