Well they're trying to decide.
Austrians continue fight for chimp.. Posted on 09/27/2007
He's now got a human name _ Matthew Hiasl Pan _ but he's having trouble getting his day in court. Animal rights activists are campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person. The legal tussle began in February, when the animal shelter where Pan and another chimp, Rosi, have lived for 25 years filed for bankruptcy protection. Activists want to ensure the apes don't wind up homeless. Their upkeep costs $6,800 a month. Donors have offered to help, but under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts. The animal rights group has been pressing to get Pan declared a "person" so a guardian can be appointed to look out for his interests. Until this summer, the chimp was known simply as Hiasl. However, in the latest court documents, he was identified as Matthew Hiasl Pan, with the last name derived from "chimpanzee. The Association Against Animal Factories says it's not trying to get Pan declared a human, but rather a person, which would give some legal status. Otherwise, he is legally a thing. "The question is: Are chimps things without interests, or persons with interests?" Balluch said."A large section of the public does see chimps as beings with interests," he said.
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