Tommy is 26 years old, and he makes his home in Gloversville, at a reindeer farm called Santa's Hitching Post. He's also a chimpanzee, the pet of Diane and Patrick Lavery, and according to the NonHuman Rights Project, he's being held as a prisoner, caged in a shed on the property.
Image via NonHuman Rights Project According to the NonHuman Rights Project, this is a picture of Tommy in his cage.
Yesterday, the NHRP, an animal rights group based in Florida, filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Fulton County, asking for Tommy's immediate release. They used a writ of habeas corpus, a court order that's typically deployed to bring a prisoner before a judge. It's the first of four suits the groups says they'll file on behalf of chimps in held captivity in New York state.
There is, obviously, a bigger legal battle underway here.More »