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".And two things came to mind:
The Nonhuman Rights Project had argued that chimps who had such similar characteristics to the humans deserved basic rights, including freedom.
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.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)