Monday, July 14, 2008

What’s Next in the Law? The Unalienable Rights of Chimps

Published: July 14, 2008

Spain’s parliament recently passed a resolution granting legal rights to apes. Reaction has been mixed. Peter Singer, a Princeton University bioethics professor and animal liberation activist, declared the vote to be of “world historical significance.” The comedian Stephen Colbert — flashing a photo of a performing chimpanzee — insisted that the new law had better not give apes “the right to not wear a tuxedo and roller skates.”

In fact, it will likely do just that.

Read the rest of the editorial here...

(And thanks to my former intern, Joe Mustian, for calling this and the next two pieces to my attention while I was out of the office!)

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