Recently, some animal rights activists filed writs of habeas corpus in court on behalf of four chimpanzees captive chimpanzees. One of them is owned by a private couple, another is at a primate sanctuary, and the other two are at a university. All of the writs were denied, but the activists have vowed to appeal, claiming chimps are enough like humans that they should be granted some legal rights of personhood.

Wesleyan University professor Lori Gruen, author of “Ethics and Animals,” joined me on America Weekend to discuss these cases, the reasoning behind them, the chances of success, and whether this begins a slippery slope towards not allowing private ownership of any animals (including dogs and cats).

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