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Great Apes Get Human Rights – In Spain

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Ape Reading A Newspaper

Great Ape Reading A Newspaper

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.

Source: Reuters

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.

Update:
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.

Written by gaffa

2008-08-02 at 23:42

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