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    L. Syd M. Johnson

    • Might Chimpanzees Have Legal Rights?

      Posted on May 30, 2018

      On May 8, the New York Court of Appeals denied an appeal to have two captive chimpanzees, Kiko and Tommy, recognized as legal persons with the right to bodily liberty and released to a chimpanzee sanctuary. The Court of Appeals allows only about 5 percent of appeals, so the legal outcome was not surprising. In… Read more

    • Chimpanzees: Persons or Things?

      Posted on March 28, 2018

      Last month, a group of 17 North American philosophers (myself included) filed an amicus curiae brief with the New York State Court of Appeals on behalf of Kiko and Tommy, two captive chimpanzees. The brief, informally known as “Chimpanzee Personhood: The Philosophers’ Brief,” supports a legal action by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). Pursuing a… Read more

    • Sports Concussions and Sandbagging

      Posted on June 28, 2013

      Sport-related concussions are a significant public health problem, and concussion management is one of the most controversial issues in sports medicine. The latest international consensus statement on concussion in sport advises that players not return to play on the same day they were injured and that they not return until they are asymptomatic. But it can be… Read more