Thursday, May 22, 2008

Chimps ain't humans

This is ridicules. Animal rights activists are trying to have the courts declare a chimpanzee a person:

A British woman is leading a court challenge to have a chimpanzee declared a "person" so the animal can enjoy "human rights".

Paula Stibbe and a group of Austrian animal rights activists want the European Court to declare that the ape, who they have given the name Matthew Hiasl Pan to make him sound "more human", legally declared a person so she can be appointed his guardian.

Mrs Stibbe wants the declaration so she can take care of the 26-year-old chimp if the bankrupt animal sanctuary in Voesendorf, south of Vienna, where he currently lives, is forced to close....

What will giving it "human rights" entail? Will it have a right to social services? What about obligations? If the chimp steals or hurts anyone will it be charged and go to prison? We may have similar DNA but the difference make a big difference.

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