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Association Against Animal Factories Cannot be Appointed Matthew Hiasl Pan's Trustee

The Scoop: Court Decides Chimps Aren't People

Although, when looking at this picture, I don't think anyone would see this chimpanzee as a human, that designation could very well change this animal's life. Matthew Hiasl Pan has been living in a shelter in Austria for the last 25 years, but now that organization is going bankrupt, leaving his happy home in jeopardy. Animal rights group, Association Against Animal Factories, petitioned to be appointed Matthew's trustee — and donors have come forward to help support the chimp. Sounds great, right?



Not so much. In that country, only a "person" can receive personal gifts — money for proper care and a proper home — and cannot be sold. On Tuesday, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled that a chimpanzee cannot be declared a person even for this situation, and the group plans to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. This is a very sad case, and my biggest problem is that the best interest of the animal does not even seem to be a consideration in this ruling. This is Matthew's second close call — he and another chimp, Rosi, were captured as babies in Sierra Leone in 1982 and were smuggled into Austria for use in pharmaceutical experiments, but (luckily) customs officials intercepted the shipment and turned the chimps over to the shelter, where their lifespan in captivity is around 60 years.


wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Ok this whole situation and story seems odd. The SF examiner says the ruling says the following not that Matthew cannot be declared a human only that this Animal Right has no right to speak for him. This is the exact passage "VIENNA, Austria (Map, News) - Austria's Supreme Court has dashed hopes by animal rights activists to have a chimpanzee declared a person, a statement suggested Tuesday. The court recently rejected a petition to appoint a trustee for the chimp, named Matthew Hiasl Pan, the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories said, and subsequently vowed to contact the European Court of Human Rights over the matter. The court's decision follows in the footsteps of a similar ruling last fall. In September, a provincial judge in the city of Wiener Neustadt dismissed the case, ruling the Association Against Animal Factories has no legal standing to argue on the chimp's behalf." It seems the AAAF put the proverbial cart before the horse - you cannot go to court claiming to represent someone's interests until you legally have been legally granted the right to represent someone or somethings interests. And that's what the court ruled. They don't have the right to represent Matthew. And apparently in Austria Matthew is protected by some of the strictest animal cruelty laws in the world. No harm has come to him there and if he remains there none will come. The actual news story
jennibella87 jennibella87 9 years
This is horrible, once again the so called 'superior race' gives its self a lot to answer for but very few actually care and are happy to turn a blind eye and shrug it off.

Makes me so frustrated and angry!!

hexstatic hexstatic 9 years
Those Bastards. I can't believe it. Chimp not considerate like an human, if the chimps could work, i'm sure they would goddammit. This is so frustrating to see people in 2008 considerating animals like little pieces we can throw away when we are tired of them, like accessories. It makes me puke. He had a sad story for the beginning, he was in laboratory for tests and now this! I just hope that he dont finish in a circus and this story turn well for him and his friend.
foxie foxie 9 years
An animal's best interests are NEVER taken into consideration.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
If the chimp is just property to the law. Just "donate" him to the organization. Then what the organization does with their money won't matter.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I might have missed it when my eyes filled with tears, but does it say what will happen to Matthew?
Valentina2 Valentina2 9 years
I've known people with less sense than a chimp! How can you harm this animal knowing it thinks in intelligent thought patterns just like you. I hope these "courts" wake up and decide to do whats best for this animal! so sad...
new new 9 years
I can't stand animal suffering. it's so sad.
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