New York (AFP) - Walking, talking chimpanzees may be TV comedy gold but now three courts in New York are being asked to recognize four chimps as "legal persons" with fundamental rights.
The move would allow the animals to be released into sanctuaries where they could live out the reminder of their days in freedom, says the Nonhuman Rights Project behind the initiative.
On Monday it petitioned a court in Fulton County Court, New York State, in the name of Tommy, a chimpanzee held captive in a cage at a used trailer lot in nearby Gloversville.
On Tuesday it did the same for Kiko, a 26-year-old chimpanzee who is deaf and living in a private home in Niagara Falls.
The group will Thursday lodge a similar petition on behalf of Hercules and Leo, who are owned by a research center and used in locomotion experiments on Long Island.
"The lawsuits ask the judge to grant the chimpanzees the right to bodily liberty and to order that they be moved to a sanctuary," the organization said in a statement.
There the animals can live out their days in an environment as close to the wild as is possible in North America, it added.
The challenge is based on the principle of habeas corpus, which the petitioners said was used in New York and allowed slaves to challenge their status and establish their right to freedom.
"Our legal petitions and memoranda, along with affidavits from some of the world's most respected scientists, lay out a clear case as to why these cognitively complex, autonomous beings have the basic legal right to not be imprisoned," the statement added.
The courts can decide whether or not to take up the petitions but if they refuse the organization has the right of appeal.
The Nonhuman Rights Project works to change the common law status of at least some animals to "persons" who possess fundamental rights such as bodily integrity and bodily liberty.
"At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving".
i have no sympathy for that basturd
i did business with hymen a few times.
Amman (AFP) - Pope Francis will visit Jordan during a trip to the Holy Land next year, the state Petra news agency reported on Saturday, citing a senior Vatican source.
"During his (August) visit to the Vatican, King Abdullah II invited His Holiness to visit Jordan," Petra quoted Vatican foreign affairs official Dominique Mamberti as saying in Amman.
"We are currently looking at the preparations in detail for the visit, which should take place next year.
"The pope's visit to the Holy Land will begin in Jordan," Mamberti said after meeting Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
He said Pope Francis considers Jordan to be "a holy land, and one that respects religious pluralism... necessary to create a climate of peace not only in the Arab world but also across the entire Middle East."
During an audience at the Vatican on October 17, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas invited Pope Francis to the Middle East, saying he would "walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ" (except for the crucifixion part).
Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama paid a visit Friday to hunger strikers calling for immigration reform, who are camped out on the National Mall in Washington.
The president and the first lady were visiting individuals taking part in "Fast For Families" on the National Mall to "offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform," the White House said.
Journalists accompanying the couple were kept at a distance.
During their visit, the Obamas thanked the activists for their "sacrifice and dedication" according to a White House official.
apparently, taking part in "Fast For Families" with other illegals will get you a one on one with the president , while asking for documents concerning "Fast & Furious" gun running operations gets an executive privilege order.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The troubled Vatican bank announced its new top manager Saturday, promoting an outside consultant who had stepped in when the bank's top two managers resigned amid scandal last summer.
Rolando Marranci had worked for Promontory Financial Group advising the Institute for Religious Works on cleaning up its accounts when he was named acting deputy director July 1. The bank's senior managers, Paolo Ciprianni and Massimo Tulli, had been forced out after a Vatican accountant with close ties to the bank was arrested for trying to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland without declaring it at customs.
At the time of the ouster, the bank's president, Ernst Von Freyberg, was named acting director while he continued on as president and board member, a seeming conflict of interest that appears to be resolved now that Marranci has taken over day-to-day operations of the institute.
Von Freyberg remains on as president.
is it just me or does "Rolando Marranci" sound like he should be a member of the Gambino crime family?
correct me if I am wrong, but isn't Japan the only country that has ever attacked the USA on our own soil, and, did a pretty good job of it, and they want to discuss the Chinese air zone with Biden, one of the stupidest people on the planet?
feel free to expound on how hyperinflation and a US dollar currency failure puts the screws to the Chinese and Japanese, and explain what impact the issuance of a new currency would have globally after having lost it's reserve status.