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The News Minute | December 5, 2014 | 11.55 am IST

On Thursday a US court ruled against a Chimpanzee as it said that, “a chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as people and does not have be freed from captivity by its owner”, according to a report on BBC.

According to the report, the Chimpanzee named Tommy cannot be recognized as a legal person as it cannot bear any legal duties.
The rights group that had made the argument said that chimps had similar characteristics to humans and deserved basic rights, including freedom.

The report also gave extracts from the Judge’s ruling which said, "So far as legal theory is concerned, a person is any being whom the law regards as capable of rights and duties.

"Needless to say, unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions.''

It further added that there was no precedent for treating animals as persons and no legal basis.

The rights group is planning to appeal again in New York’s highest court on Thursday, said the report.

The report added that Tommy’s owner was pleased with the outcome

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