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A chimpanzee named Merlin is seen in Unlocking the Cage, a film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. | Pennebaker Hegedus Films/HBO/First Run Features
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Animal Advocates and Academics Seek Personhood Rights for Chimpanzees

The New York State Court of Appeals is grappling with a case in which petitioners take a bold position: Chimpanzees are persons, not things.

Tommy, a chimpanzee, is seen in Unlocking the Cage, a film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. | Courtesy of Pennebaker Hegedus Films/HBO/First Run Features
Lawyer Steven Wise is seen in court in Unlocking the Cage, a film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. | Courtesy of Pennebaker Hegedus Films/HBO/First Run Features
Minnie the elephant performing at Commerford Zoo, Goshen, Conn. | Animal Defenders International