Recently there has been media coverage concerning an effort by the Nonhuman Rights Project to establish legal personhood for chimpanzees. One article states, “At stake: the question of whether only human beings deserve human rights.” Some may consider this notion a farce, even nuts. Well, it makes about as much sense to me as the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, in which corporations are considered to have the same freedom of speech as humans, for purposes of campaign spending. I would submit that granting legal personhood to chimpanzees makes more sense. The DNA match between humans and chimpanzees is between 70 percent and 98 percent, depending on scientific source. Corporations don’t have literal DNA.
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