A chimpanzee is the equivalent of a human child?

  “Tommy is the equivalent of a human child,” he told Wired. “He is a cognitive and extraordinarily complex being.” The quote is from Steven Wise, a Harvard Law Professor. Tommy is a chimpanzee. This is allegedly about whether or not chimps (and presumably other animals) can be held “against their will” and used in research.  More details are available at these web sites: One judge did actually rule in favor of recognizing chimps as legal persons, until another judge wrote something about how wrong that decision was.  Wrong – not by any moral standards, but by legal standards: “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal right—such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus—that have been afforded to human beings,” judge Karen Peters wrote in the official opinion and order. That statement did nothing to overturn or even conflict with the views of Wise, the Harvard Professor who filed the writ of habeus corpus that got this whole thing started. In fact, Wise continues – “Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?” […]