Friday, September 12, 2008

In Spain you and him have equal rights



The Chimps, Orangutans, Gorillas etal have arrived. Well at least in Spain. The Spanish Law makers have passed a law giving the great ones basic human rights.
The legislators based their declaration on one made by the Great Ape Project.
http://www.greatapeproject.org/

It promotes the right to life, the protection of individual freedom and the prohibition of torture. The Great Ape Project was founded 15 years based on a book of that name by the philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri.

Here is the great Ape Protection Act that was delivered in Congress last April
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.5852:"

Who said the world wasn't becoming a better place?

I am curious to see how fast this one goes through congress. From what I gather, most countries are considering adopting the same position and passing the laws. In short The Great Apes will soon be considered equal to humans, at least on paper.

This just jogged up a memory for me. I have not watched 'Gorillas in the Mist' but I come from the area where the Gorillas live and as a result of that movie we have an endless flow of tourists from all over the world coming to see the Gorillas. I am not sure what story the movie tells but from what I gathered on the ground, Diane Forsey was killed by the very people who knew her and probably worked for her. One reason given was that she treated the Gorillas better than her human workers.

Not to hate on the Primate's freedom , but with this sudden recognition and the granting of "equality" (and I read somewhere that part of the process creating this declaration was done in Congo-Kinshasa where there is an ongoing forgotten genocide), could we have a Diane Forsey like back clash on a large scale, only that this time the primates these people seek to protect will be the actual victims?

But not to be rude, I would like to welcome the new members to the Human race, Good luck buddies.