October 4, 2014

The silly season is again upon us. 
It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings.

The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity.

Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage in an upstate farm to a sanctuary in Florida.
Story here.


Gorges Smythe said...

It all comes down to whether he'd want his kids to marry them.

Kid said...

This is a bit over, but I do believe animals should be given an upgrade to their rights and protections. Specifically, Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona came down hard on animal abusers and I welcomed it. A's were doing things like duct taping kittens to the streets and he had a hotline setup as one example and they investigated those hard and that shit stopped pretty quick. People like michael vick should be punished a lot harder than he was.

WoFat said...

If they have the same rights, they must have the same responsibilities.

underground pewster said...

Do they get the right to fire their attorneys?