Thursday, June 26, 2008

Apes Over Humans

The Spanish parliament has extended the "rights" of apes. These "rights" include life and freedom.

I fully support humane treatment of animals, but when we try to extend human rights to animals, we don't raise them to our level, we lower ourselves to the level of animals. This quote, in particular, got my attention:
Philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri founded the Great Ape Project in 1993, arguing that "non-human hominids" like chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos should enjoy the right to life, freedom and not to be tortured.
Peter Singer would allow the killing of small children and infanticide.

Apes are more important than babies?
To some, yes.

For me, this is frightening.

1 comment:

John said...

Freedom? What exactly does that entail? I'm slightly confused. Are we on the Planet of the Apes or Earth? Somebody wake me up here.

Yes, not tortured. Yes, not killed for any apparently bad/inhumane reason. But what does this freedom bit mean? And why isn't this extended for the youngest of our young? Baffling beyond belief.

In other, lighter news, this news story might be a good one to comment on Friday: "Vatican paper says pope does not wear Prada"

L'Osservatore Romano said the pope's interest in clothes has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with liturgy — what symbolism traditional garments can bring to the Christian liturgy.

"The pope, therefore, does not wear Prada, but Christ," L'Osservatore said.