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The Big Question: Tommy the chimp

Should intelligent animals be given the same rights as humans?

By Prospect Team  

Chimpanzee at Los Angeles Zoo © Aaron logan

Each week, Prospect asks a range of experts, as well as our readers, to come up with answers to the questions defining the news agenda.

This week, in a hearing before the New York Supreme Court appeals division in Albany, lawyer and leader of the Nonhuman Rights Project Steven Wise argued that “Tommy,” a retired circus chimp, should be granted legal personhood, which…

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