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Meet the (animal) plaintiff

And more recent highlights from the Ideas blog

This past July, an Ideas cover story addressed the provocative legal and ethical question of whether animals, especially highly intelligent ones, should have some of the same rights as people. At the center of the story was a planned lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project, an advocacy group that hoped to win legal “personhood” on behalf of an animal for the first time in an American court.

Last Monday the group filed suit on behalf of its first plaintiff: Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee owned by a used-trailer salesman in Gloversville, N.Y.

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