Steven Wise, president of the Non-Human Rights Project, recently appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about his ongoing battle to give chimpanzees what they deserve: the right to legal personhood. Wise chatted with Steven Colbert on why Tommy — one of the chimps that the organization is fighting on behalf of — deserves this right.

Colbert played the fundamentalist in this conversation and said, “animals are animals, humans are humans, and never the twain shall meet, read your bible!”

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Wise responded by saying a chimpanzee, “is an extraordinary being. She can think about the past, she can think about the future, she can think about how she wants to live her life, she can self-determine, the same things that make us [humans] want to file writs of habeas corpus when we’re thrown in human jail.”

And still, here are 5 more reasons why chimpanzees should be considered “persons.”

Colbert shared this picture of Tommy, trapped behind the bars of a tiny cage, in a dark shed located in a New York trailer lot:

Michael Mountain via the Nonhuman Rights Project

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Colbert then said, “Let’s take it down because it is sad-making.”

Yes, because in fact, keeping a chimp behind bars, when they could be running alongside family and friends in the wild, is sad…and wrong.

That’s why it’s so important to grant animals “personhood” — even Alec Baldwin agrees!

Watch the entire interview below:

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