His name is Matthew, he is 26 years old, and his supporters hope to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
But he won't be able to give evidence on his own behalf - since he is a chimpanzee. Animal rights activists led by British teacher Paula Stibbe are fighting to have Matthew legally declared a 'person' so she can be appointed as his guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where he lives in Vienna is forced to close.
Excuse me? Did we completely bypass the Court of Chimp Rights?
Miss Stibbe, one of the animal activists (I'll let you figure out what the adjective "animal" is modifying here) reassures us:
'Everybody who knows him personally will see him as a person,' she said.Oh, well in that case...
hat tip: trish
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