Spain might grant human rights to apes

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by TGregg, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. TGregg


    The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for “the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.” The PSOE’s justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

    The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”

    According to the Project, “Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species’s closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals.”

    Equal to socialists, maybe. Obviously they are hoping to grant them voting privileges so the EU jerks even more leftwards. ;)
  2. Sounds like monkey business to me!!!

    Ba-dum-bum....I'll be here all week...try the roast beef!!! :D
  3. It's certainly long overdue, in this country apes are even allowed to moderate message boards.

  4. At least Bush will have a zoo...errrrr country to go to that will grant him human rights when his term is over....

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  5. Humans have ape rights, it seems only fair.