European Court agrees to hear chimp's plea for human rights| News | This is London: "His name is Matthew, he is 26 years old, and his supporters hope to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. But he won't be able to give evidence on his own behalf - since he is a chimpanzee. Animal rights activists led by British teacher Paula Stibbe are fighting to have Matthew legally declared a 'person' so she can be appointed as his guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where he lives in Vienna is forced to close."
Animal rights advocates and a number of academics have been agitating to give human rights to what they call "the Great Apes." I side more with the late Charleton Heston, who famously said, "Take your filthy paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"