virus: Human rights to chimps

brendan rainford (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 14:37:21 -0800 (PST)

I was browsing the bbc web site when I came across a straw poll on whether human rights should be given to chimps due to being-
-98.7% genetically the same as humans
-having some intelligence
-having feelings

Apparently New Zealand may give chimps certain rights. This was the question-
primates, such as chimpanzees and gorillas, be granted some human rights, such as:
-the right to life
-the right not to suffer cruel treatment
-the right not to be subjected to intrusive experimental research?

Giving chimps rights would be silly.
A chimp may be 98.7% the same has a human, but a rat has 85% the same genes and a banana has 50% the same genes as a human! Do we gives these creatures rights as well?
A chimp is slightly intelligent, but a dolpin is much, much, more intelligent, what about them?
Dogs and cats have feelings, as do rats and hamsters to an extent. I also feel the question is wrongly put. Chimps, as do all animals already have animal rights and so are protected from cruel treatment, and almost all experiments do not negativly effect animals or they are not allowed to continue. And I think that the animal is much happier in a warm, open and safe environment with lots of food, not being hunted in the middle of a rainstorm whilst starving and cold. Just my 00.02 cents worth.


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