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Stephen Kruiser

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December 2, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Everybody needs a cause.

Chimpanzees are not people, no matter how they are dressed up for commercials, but perhaps they are close enough that they deserve some of the same rights humans have.

That is what an animal rights group claimed on Monday when it filed a classic writ of habeas corpus, that revered staple of American and English law and tired cliché of detective fiction — not for a human being held unlawfully, but for Tommy, a chimpanzee in Gloversville, N.Y.

This is no stunt. The Nonhuman Rights Project has been working on this legal strategy for years, sifting through decisions in all 50 states to find one that is strong on what is called common law, and one that recognizes animals as legal persons for the purpose of being the beneficiary of a trust.

The leader of the project, Steven M. Wise, who has written about the history of habeas corpus writs in the fight against human slavery and who views the crusade for animal rights as a lifelong project, said New York fit the bill.

Yeah…no.

I appreciate people trying to protect animals but I don’t appreciate people being insane, which is what you are if you are investing time and money to get Constitutional rights extended to chimpanzees.

Every time I read about or meet zealots like this I always think, “Aren’t there some humans in distress who you could be helping?”

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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A human in the womb has no right to life, liberty or pursuit of happiness...because it is not yet "human enough"...for Gosnell's Law".

Yet, a chimp finds the heart of the PETA crowd, where a baby finds a cold, blank stare.

In that hypocrisy...they condemned both the baby and the chimp....for in winning the battle against the former...they sentenced the latter to its death.
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> Rights Group Seeking ‘Legal Person’ Status For A Chimp

Bet GW Bush is happy to hear this.
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I'll believe they want equal rights for chimps when they put one on their board of directors, and allow their daughter to date him.
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Give them a break - they are just identifying the next batch of democrat party registrants.
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A human in the womb has no right to life, liberty or pursuit of happiness...because it is not yet "human enough"...for Gosnell's Law".

Yet, a chimp finds the heart of the PETA crowd, where a baby finds a cold, blank stare.

In that hypocrisy...they condemned both the baby and the chimp....for in winning the battle against the former...they sentenced the latter to its death.
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Just what the US court system needs, a bunch of lawsuits initiated by a bunch of fruitcakes on behalf of "illegally incarcerated" animals!
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