STONY BROOK, NY -- A New York Supreme Court justice has ruled that two chimpanzees at Stony Brook University are covered by the same laws that cover us. In other words: apes are legal people in the eyes of the law!
Now, that's not to say they will be fighting for equal rights or citizenship anytime soon, but giving them writ of habeas corpus means that (just like people) chimps can challenge the validity of their being detained.
All this monkey business came up after an animal rights group insisted that Hercules and Leo at Stony Brook were being unlawfully imprisoned and should be moved to a sanctuary. A few judges threw-out the case before it got to this point, which basically just indicates that the court is now willing to listen to the other side (in this case, the peeps at Stony Brook).
The Nonhuman Rights Project says other animals (like elephants, whales and dolphins) are also autonomous and deserve bodily liberty.
We suppose the pledge does say "liberty and justice for all."