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It`s Time That Chimp`s & Other Animals Have Rights

Steven Wise-a lawyer who's made it his mission to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

His argument is that great apes, elephants and chimpanzees display enough cognitive abilities to understand traits like empathy, right from wrong and have the ability to remember and form memories. As humans we share 99% of the same DNA as chimpanzees, yet our worlds are vastly different.

"I want non-human animals to be known as persons, not people, but person. And they're going to be rights bearers."

That's not to say we need to be fearful of a Planet Of The Apes scenario, but we could (and more importantly should) start making greater concessions for our primate brothers and sisters.

If you need further convincing of Wise's argument, that animals are persons too, watch this brief documentary. He outlines the profound effect giving them freedoms, liberties and rights could have on the mental wellbeing, as well as how it could strengthen our unique bond with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Via New York Times

``I want non-human animals to be known as persons, not people, but person. And they`re going to be rights bearers.``

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An-egg
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 838 Posts
Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:36:06 AM
Something something something... right to arm bears.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11876 Posts
Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:09:11 AM
Kill them all.

Sleepyhallow
Male, 50-59, Western US
 1640 Posts
Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:07:28 AM
If an inanimate object can be a person [i.e., a corporation], then so can an animal.
At least an animal is a living, breathing, entity.

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4367 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2014 8:56:08 PM
drawman61-One or two are confusing rights with giving animals jobs, houses, cars and so on.

Actually, we're not. We`re just having fun with this guys reasoning, as some people are confused about what constitutes `rights`.

Some people believe they have a `right` to never be offended or never be harmed.. Sorry, this is not a `right`.

Some people would bestow `rights` to animals. Some people would deem that plants have `rights`, as if an onion has a right to `not` be eaten.

While the image of a fluffy bunny being tortured is horrid, truth is they make up only 2.6% of animal tests & monkeys/apes make up 0.09%. Specially bred rodents make up 75%. The rest are cold-blooded, birds, etc.

And the benefits of such testing have saved millions.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 5466 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2014 5:13:28 PM
One or two are confusing rights with giving animals jobs, houses, cars and so on. It's more about not stuffing monkeys into tubes so they can test make-up and cigarettes for the vain and ignorant so-called intellegent species.

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