Habeas for Chimps

David Cassuto

I will soon be blogging from Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, to be precise).  More about that soon.  While in Rio, here‘s a case I’ll be following:

Jimmy is a 26 year old chimpanzee who has spent several years alone in a cage, where he’s on exhibit at a zoo in Niterói, Brazil, just outside of Rio de Janeiro.  Just last week, animal protection groups filed a motion to have Jimmy released on grounds of Habeas Corpus, arguing that he is being denied his rights to freedom of movement and to a decent life, in Rio’s Criminal Court.  The Great Ape Project and some other concerned folks filed the suit.  Apparently, this is not the first time such a suit has been filed.  In 2005, some groups brought a Habeas suit on behalf of a chimp and won.  Sadly, the chimp (whose name was Switzerland) died the day before he was to be liberated.

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