Friday, December 5, 2014

Two Images Come to Mind...

I saw this:

US chimpanzee Tommy 'has no human rights' - court
The appeals court in New York state said caged chimpanzee Tommy could not be recognised as a "legal person" as it "cannot bear any legal duties".

The Nonhuman Rights Project had argued that chimps who had such similar characteristics to the humans deserved basic rights, including freedom.
And two things came to mind:

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I mean, REALLY?

The "Nonhuman Rights Project"??? Seriously? Look, I understand that some people love animals (no, not THAT way, you perverts). I understand the desire to protect them, and I know folks tend to anthropomorphize animals often, especially pets. But you want to start granting rights to chimps? OH HELL NO.

Try working on getting our basic rights restored to us humans first, then we can talk.

But you want a monkey to have "basic rights", that sounds reasonable, right? It's a primate, we're primates, we're practically related in the big gene pool of life. It's when you realize these people have no intention at stopping at the primate order. First monkeys, then pets, then cows and chickens. Before you know it, we're starving to death and thinking longingly about soylent green.

Nope. Ain't gonna happen. I agree we need to have rules so that animals are not mistreated, that's just basic good karma (and, not for nothing, deliberate cruelty to animals is one of the three hallmarks of serial killers...). Give them rights, though? That's a one-way ticket to Nopesville.

I shudder to think who would be courting the invertebrate vote...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

9 comments:

Paul, Dammit! said...

It's still the same old conservation issue. You want to have increased fish populations, clean water, healthy ecosystems and maximum sustainable yields for foodfish, but all the research money goes to the 'sexy megafauna,' the whales, dolphins etc, that invoke pearl-clutching when save the whatever groups go all Sarah McLaghlin dog commercial.

Eff the chimps. They can always pair up with a gentleman with a mustache and a hand-crank organ and get by. Who's going to save the tunicates? Invertebrate filter feeders that share only slightly less DNA with us when compared to chimps... where's their champions?

Ted said...

Have these people never seen any of the Planet of the Apes movies?????

ASM826 said...

If we give them rights, do we give them full rights? Because I was always taught, never give your gun to a monkey, no matter how trustworthy he seems.

CMonster said...

You have the right to remain simian. Anything you ook will be used against you. You have the right to a banana and to have a banana with you during snack time...

Oh, and Paul, don't give them ideas!

Atom Smasher said...

Jerry Was A Man. Thanks RAH.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Was_a_Man

Old NFO said...

Next thing, it'll be rights for vegetables...

Bubblehead Les. said...

So, how many Tax Dollars does the "Non-Human Rights Project" doesn't pay because they're a "Non-Profit?"

George P. Burdell said...

To Old NFO: rights for vegetables already exist. How else would we still have the vast majority of 549 representatives, senators, president, vice-president, and justices of the Supreme Court?

George P. Burdell said...

...with the 547th, 548th, and 549th persons being me, apparently. There are only 9 justices of the Supreme Court, not 12.