Group says chimps are like people – level 2

29-04-2015 07:00

Two chimps live at a university in New York in the USA where the chimps help people research movement. A group, however, wants the chimps to go to a protected place in Florida instead.

The group is going to use the idea of habeas corpus to make its argument to a judge. Habeas corpus says that people cannot be held in unlawful imprisonment. The group will argue that because the chimps are independent and smart, just like people, the chimps cannot be used for research as it is unlawful imprisonment for the chimps. This is the first case ever of this type.

Difficult words: research (to study), habeas corpus (people cannot be held unfairly), imprisonment (when you are in jail).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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