Archive for August 2008
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.
Parliament’s environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans.
We have seen human rights get expanded to cover more and more people before (slaves fx.), but this is the first time we see animals gain human rights. Like humans great apes will have the right to freedom and life. If you kill a great ape or take away its freedom you will go to jail.
Although I’m not vegetarian, I can see some reason in this. It is well know that great apes have a cultural and social life which indicates a level of intelligence where I can no longer decide if they are self aware creatures or not.
If you want to know more about great apes and why they should have rights similar to human rights, you should check out The Great Ape Project.
This is just an update a year later to say that, I don’t know if the resolution was ever made in to law. If anyone does, please comment or send me an e-mail. Thank you.
I first heard about this at Roskilde Festival 2008. One of my friends Theis, who had just returned from New Zealand working for Greenpeace, told me about these Norwegian people who started a non-profit porn site to save nature, Fuck For Forest.
Now you can have that nice feeling of helping to save earth while jerking off to porn.
Sorry guys the link was wrong. Apparently I couldn’t spell forest.
Today I stumpled upon a site called Garfield Minus Garfield. Here is what it says about the Garfield comic strip without Garfield.
Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.
What is even cooler is a blog post on what Jim Davis thinks about this remix art.
Instead of reacting over-zealously and hitting me with a Cease & Desist order, Jim is down to earth enough to admit that there’s a laugh to be had from Garfield Minus Garfield and in fact he even thanks me for putting it together!