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Animal rights group wants chimps freed

Lawsuits include one against owners of Mayfield business

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It is illegal to just put people in a cage for no reason and keep them against their will. That’s common knowledge, but in a lawsuit filed Monday against a Mayfield couple, lawyers with the Nonhuman Rights Project contend it is also unlawful to imprison a chimpanzee. According to paperwork filed in state Supreme Court in Fulton County, Pat and Diane Lavery, owners of Circle L Trailers and a small reindeer farm on Route 30, ...

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December 3, 2013
5:05 p.m.

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While I find this legal attempt to free these animals interesting I also find it misguided. The history of the United States along with various Supreme Court rulings sets several precedents. Namely equal protection under the 14th Amendment is an entitlement for citizens of the United States. I am not aware of any US Supreme Court decision that has granted citizenship to chimps. In addition due process rights under the 5th Amendment are also reserved for citizens of the United States. While I respect the goal of preventing potential abuse to animals I feel an attempt to define chimps as humans is a bit extreme.

Robert VanHoesen

December 5, 2013
3:38 p.m.

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I'm sure they will be happy to get rid of it once it chews the face off a family member.