Demand Release of Captive Chimpanzees

Target: New York State Courts

Goal: Release four chimpanzees, who are being housed in cruel and confining conditions, into a sanctuary where they can enjoy a better quality of life

Steven Wise, an advocate for animal rights, is suing for several chimpanzees in New York to be released and sent to a primate sanctuary. Wise believes that these chimpanzees are unlawful prisoners, even if they are used for research or kept in private facilities. Three of the seven individuals whom Wise originally filed on behalf of have died at age 26, when the primates are supposed to live to be 60. Wise has grown deeply concerned about their quality of life and living conditions.

Wise is with the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is dedicated to providing obtaining legal personhood for animals. Of the four chimpanzees, two are used for locomotive testing at Stony Brook University, one is a former performing animal now housed near Niagra Falls, and the last, Tommy, is a former film actor. Wise alleges that Tommy is living in “solitary confinement in a small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed.”

In the lawsuit, Wise believes that chimpanzees should have the right to legal personhood because they are “autonomous, self-determined, self-aware, intelligent, and emotionally complex” beings who cognitively “resemble human beings.” If he can persuade the courts to rule in his favor, the chimpanzees will be taken away from their current facilities and sent to a primate sanctuary.

Chimpanzees should have the right to live their life to the fullest, and if their psychological and emotional needs aren’t being met, they should be moved to habitats that fulfill these requirements. If you believe that these primates deserve better, sign this petition to lend your support.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear New York Courts,

I am writing about the four chimpanzees held in captivity in your state. I understand that a lawsuit on behalf of these primates is being filed by Steven Wise, who is hoping to prove that chimpanzees should be classified as legal persons and thus sent to a primate sanctuary. It is apparent that their living conditions do not mirror their natural habitat, and of the original seven chimpanzees Wise wanted to save, three have already died. Chimpanzees are supposed to live until the age of 60, yet these three died before they reached 30.

I implore you to release these chimpanzees and take them to a sanctuary where some of their natural habitat will be replicated. Chimpanzees should not be with humans and confined in small spaces, they should be with their own species where they can play and interact. If classifying them as a legal person enables the chimps to find a new and happier home, then so be it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Elitre via Wikimedia

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  1. Lori Cheezem says:

    I’d like the chimp keepers to have to stay for one week in the conditions that these chimps have to endure. Maybe then they would feel more empathy and release these animals to a sanctuary.

  2. One week is to less, Lori, 6 month were better !

    THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

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