Below is part of the article from the American Bar Assn. Journal, above…..
….Make sure to see last 2 pics below………Buyer beware……….
In early December the Nonhuman Rights Project, a Coral Springs, Fla.-based animal rights group, filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Court in New York. The suit asserts that, according to scientific evidence, chimpanzees have complex cognitive abilities—such as being able to recognize themselves in a mirror—and have a “concept of their personal past and future.”
The lawsuit focuses on a chimp named Tommy and seeks to bestow upon him “legal personhood” to prevent him from being kept in a “small, dank cement cage in a cavernous, dark shed” at a used-trailer lot in Gloversville, N.Y. Tommy’s owners have been quoted as saying that he is well cared for while they seek space for him at a sanctuary.
On Dec. 9, the court struck down the lawsuit, though the Nonhuman Rights Project plans to appeal. NRP leader Steven Wise told Reuters: “We’re just going to keep filing suits.”
But this effort could become a slippery slope indeed. Where would the legal-personhood line be drawn? Just the cute ones? Just the “smart” ones? Just the ones we keep as pets? If chimps, why not dolphins? If elephants, why not goldfish? (Actually, if goldfish were “persons,” many of us would be much more diligent about changing the water.)
So while the personhood-for-animals movement tries to gain a toehold (or paw-, claw- or finhold), another legal strategy is taking shape that seeks to bestow rights upon not only animals but plant life as well—in other words, entire ecosystems.
One of the more recent examples is provided by the Boulder County, Colo., planning commission, where an effort is underway to include language in the comprehensive plan that would state:
“Boulder County acknowledges the rights
of all naturally occurring ecosystems
and their native species populations
to exist and flourish.”
[PD note: this is VERY VERY
dangerous legally speaking–and smacks of HSUS all over it!]
Language of this type has been used in other jurisdictions with the apparent objective being the prevention of non-eco-friendly activities such as mining, fracking and waste disposal. Just make every earthworm, every blade of grass and every bird in the sky a legal person and therefore, ipso facto, untouchable.
Declaring every animate object a legal person might make us feel all warm and tingly, but the reality is that the legal obstacles could be insurmountable. Too bad, though. Tommy deserves a chance to swing like an ape.
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “Instant Evolution: Some espouse fauna/flora fast track to personhood as means of legal protection.”
PD– for the record, just google attorney Steven White’s name, a rabid AR attorney bent on making animals into people. If PETA spends 2 years preparing pleading research to prove whales have CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS when people in the USA barely can even sell an ANIMAL “legally”— when the only animals you can OWN will be recycled rescues or seized animals by HSUS, it will be too late. That day will come and we will likely be dead but your grandkids will be busy with Neo Pets. Or maybe just discards.
SO LET’S LOOK AT THE AR DECEPTION FOR $$$. WE HAVE MANY MANY EXAMPLES OVER THE YEARS SAVED UP.
WHAT HSUS SAYS YOU WILL FIND AT A SHELTER:
Believe us– you will never find a puppy or dog that looks like the above at a shelter. And if you did, it was donated by some AR to gain either donations, publicity, or other advertising or AR volunteers.
WHAT YOU WILL REALLY FIND AT A SHELTER EXAMPLE: