Lee Hall wrote an excellent article. Here’s the gist:
“Now this is real news: A group of influential Homo sapiens has resolved to grant rights to other apes.” [...]
“Amnesty International has expressed its alarm: What about the rights of the world’s many detained and degraded human beings?
“And yet, is there any reason why basic rights to life and liberty should only be discussed with reference to humanity? Can’t we humans act decently — to human beings and others? Surely, respect should be nurtured in all its forms.[...]
“If animal rights are to have real meaning at all, no words get nearer to their core than the simple right to be let alone.[...]
“Let’s allow chimpanzees to live in their lands, rather expect them to have babies in zoos and language labs. Let’s teach our children a bird in the hand’s certainly not worth two in the bush. Let’s leave Chilean Sea Bass in the Chilean Sea.”
Emphasis added by moi.
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