A recent decision by a lower New York court offers a glimmer of hope that chimps may one day have the right to bodily liberty or 'legal personhood.' Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. They are extremely intelligent and social beings, sharing many human characteristics. Denying them basic rights and dignity is something future generations will look back on us with shame. Currently, the Balearic Islands is the only jurisdiction that provides legal personhood to the great apes.