Chimpanzees Returned to Owners
It is awful when there is a custody fight over a person, but what happens when the custody battle is over chimpanzees?
Two New York research chimpanzees have been returned to the organization that owns them, effectively ending a 2-year legal battle to have the animals declared legal persons. The State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook) transferred the animals—Hercules and Leo—back to the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana (NIRC) in early December, but the animal rights group behind the legal effort has vowed to keep fighting to release them from captivity.“We’re shifting from a legal to a political campaign,” says Steven Wise, the president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) in Coral Springs, Florida. “We’re going to ramp up pressure on the governor of Louisiana and the University of Louisiana system to free these chimpanzees.”