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28 September, 2007

Persona non grata

Well, this seems pretty clear-cut to me.

An Austrian court has refused to recognise a chimpanzee as 'a person', with the corresponding legal status. Rightfully. Non-human animals are not people, irrespective of animal-rights nutters' fantasies.

As a commenter on the USA Today article says, the definition of 'person' includes the term 'rational' – which rarely applies to animal-rights activists.

[Via BoingBoing.]


I agree completely. The other point I raise against those wishing to give rights to non-human primates is that rights invariably come with responsibilities. When apes show that they are ready to accept responsibility for their actions (eg. subject to criminal charges for damage to property etc.), then we can talk about what rights they should have.

Posted by Jon. at September 28, 2007 04:50 PM
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