Chimps could soon win legal personhood. For the past three years, an attorney has been filing lawsuits in New York state on behalf of four chimpanzees named Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo.
They are intelligent “persons,” he argues, and should not be kept in cages. Steven Wise, who is also president of the Florida-based Nonhuman Rights Project, believes that the chimps should have the legal right not to be kept in captivity because they are intelligent and self-aware. 150625112010. Thinking Pigs: A Comparative Review of Cognition, Emotion, and Personality in Sus domesticus [eScholarship]
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Pigs Are Highly Social And Really Smart. So, Um, About Eating Them... Was the Golden Rule Born in the Mind of a Monkey? As economic inequality increased in many wealthy nations in recent years, a debate has developed around the question of whether inequality is bad for national economies—and bad for their citizens.
A captivating video clip of monkey behavior (see below), taken from a 2011 TED talk by primatologist Frans de Waal, has become a surprising piece of ammunition in this discussion. The video illustrates a famous 2003 experiment by de Waal and his colleague Sarah Brosnan. It begins with a capuchin monkey being rewarded with a cucumber slice for handing a rock to the experimenter.
The monkey happily performs this task and collects her payment—until the monkey next to her is given a more desirable reward, a grape, for the same job. The first monkey then flings the unappetizing cucumber from her cage. If you watch the video of the capuchin monkeys (especially if it’s in the context of a blog post on income equality), it may seem obvious that the underpaid monkey is objecting to unfair treatment. Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed. By Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (Reuters) - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday.
Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a "non-human person. " Orangutan is a word from the Malay and Indonesian languages that means "forest man.
" Chimpanzee Personhood: What the Judges Said. It's a little unusual for a judge to wish you good luck as you head off to appeal his decision.
But that's exactly what happened when the Nonhuman Rights Project went before the Hon. Joseph Sise in a county court last week. It was the first of three court proceedings on behalf of four chimpanzees in New York State – Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo – whom we're seeking to have released to sanctuaries. “We didn't expect the strong words of encouragement and support from the judges. " Dolphins aren’t as special as you think. A necessary disclaimer right off the bat: No one’s denying that dolphins are cool, and smart, and even special.
To suggest otherwise is to step into extremely controversial territory, as Justin Gregg, a researcher with the Dolphin Communication Project, found out earlier this year. Earth in Transition. Elephants Orphaned by Mass Killings Are Tormented For Decades Afterward. Culling has long been used as a conservation tool to keep elephant populations in check, but a new study shows such killings can psychologically damage groups of elephants for decades.
Wildlife officials in South Africa have used culling to manage elephant populations since the 1960s. The environmental benefit is clear: too many of these huge, hungry animals could quickly eat, trample and uproot the vegetation in a fenced nature reserve. To prevent such habitat destruction, managers have historically rounded up the big beasts with a helicopter and had professional hunters on the ground kill some adults.
The young elephants are then shipped to other parks. PTSD for Elephants Previous studies have shown that young elephants that live through such events grew up with a version of PTSD, delaying their development and making them unusually scared or aggressive. “These calves watched as their mothers and other family members were killed and butchered. Looking Long Term. India Bans Captive Dolphin Shows as 'Morally Unacceptable' NEW DELHI, India , May 20, 2013 (ENS) – India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment anywhere in the country.
In a policy statement released Friday, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal to establish a dolphinarium “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.” Ganges river dolphin in Bangladesh waters (Photo courtesy BCDP / WCS ) The statement issued by B.S.