Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spain may give apes human rights

The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for "the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings." The PSOE's justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests "the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species."

According to the Project, "Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species's closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals."


Story here.

2 comments:

Tom said...

Apes are such a great species and their protection should be taken as a serious stewardship. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to harm an ape or any animal. I feel sorry for animals in zoos. But in California where I live a chimpanzee escaped his cage and ate the face and testicles off of his prior owner. As much as these animals are deserving our care, they are still animals and what makes them different is that they have no capacity to higher reason. Though animals can feel and experience things like joy and sadness, that does not make them human in character. They have no capacity to know God or worship, their conscience has no intrinsic value of conviction or understanding the difference between moral right and wrong. Animals can not live by commandments, “thou shalt not murder”. People that want human rights for animals are naturalists, rejecting that God created human beings in His image. They reject the possibility that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for to sin of humanity. Somehow to a naturalists, making a monkey out of people makes them feel better about their ephemeral life as stemming from evolutionary pond scum that is headed to no eternal value. The thought of Jesus returning to earth one day to redeem all life is a joke. The Biblical idea of the wolf and the calf lying down together is hapless poetry to the mind that is unregenerated by spiritual rebirth in Christ and stuck in the dirt of physical reality. The child leading the lion by the mane in the Kingdom of God is a delusion to the worldly wise that can hope for nothing more than becoming worm meat in death. **** to these naturalists is simply a myth. Animals controlled by savage instincts are not subject to God’s wrath but humans beings, excusing their lusts and carnal passions as just another species of animal, rejecting God’s outstretched hand of hope for their eternal redemption, will perish in the fire that they deny exists. They make a monkey human and make God a liar. God will be their judge and their stupidity will be their shame.
Tom

Tom said...

Apes are such a great species and their protection should be taken as a serious stewardship. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to harm an ape or any animal. I feel sorry for animals in zoos. But in California where I live a chimpanzee escaped his cage and ate the face and testicles off of his prior owner. As much as these animals are deserving our care, they are still animals and what makes them different is that they have no capacity to higher reason. Though animals can feel and experience things like joy and sadness, that does not make them human in character. They have no capacity to know God or worship, their conscience has no intrinsic value of conviction or understanding the difference between moral right and wrong. Animals can not live by commandments, “thou shalt not murder”. People that want human rights for animals are naturalists, rejecting that God created human beings in His image. They reject the possibility that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for to sin of humanity. Somehow to a naturalists, making a monkey out of people makes them feel better about their ephemeral life as stemming from evolutionary pond scum that is headed to no eternal value. The thought of Jesus returning to earth one day to redeem all life is a joke. The Biblical idea of the wolf and the calf lying down together is hapless poetry to the mind that is unregenerated by spiritual rebirth in Christ and stuck in the dirt of physical reality. The child leading the lion by the mane in the Kingdom of God is a delusion to the worldly wise that can hope for nothing more than becoming worm meat in death. **** to these naturalists is simply a myth. Animals controlled by savage instincts are not subject to God’s wrath but humans beings, excusing their lusts and carnal passions as just another species of animal, rejecting God’s outstretched hand of hope for their eternal redemption, will perish in the fire that they deny exists. They make a monkey human and make God a liar. God will be their judge and their stupidity will be their shame.
Tom