Not too long ago the U.S. Supreme Court declared that corporations are people and they have specific right formerly reserved for Humans, more specifically, US Citizens. This led to a great deal of uproar and debate within the US population, giving some the feeling that regular "real" people were losing out to the wealthy elite. The Non-Human Rights Project has recently filed a habeas corpus on behalf of a Chimpanzee named Tommy, stating he is a person, self-aware, knowledgeable about the past, present and acting in ways to attempt to alter his future (not like Doc Brown, more in a "That banana gave me a shock last time, better try the apple this time").
This got me to thinking... what is the difference between "People" and "non-People". Personally I disagree that corporations are people with every fiber of my being and instinctually I feel Chimps are not either. That would be a slippery slope and as a big fan of cheesburgers and fried chicken, I'm afraid what is at the bottom of said slope.
Conversely, however, I think that if we are defining corporations as people, why not? Animals deserve some level of protection as well and maybe this is a childish attitude, but it's almost tit-for-tat; "Corporations?? Okay, then apes and cars too. Cars are important and need protection. Also the pedestrians in GTA should not be fodder... they have their own lives and should be allowed to continue to live them."
This is the actual Writ of Habeas Corpus;
What do you think?