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Thursday, 27 April 2006
Reconquista Ultima
Reported Tuesday in The Spain Herald:

The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for "the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings." The PSOE's justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests "the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species."

   Project consultant Dr. Peter Singer reads
   Das Kapital to Senor J. Fred Muggs
According to the Project, "Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species's closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals." 

Thanks to John Hawkins for the heads up.
Posted on 04/27/2006 7:58 AM by Robert Bove
27 Apr 2006
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Not to mention the bonobo of the Congo. Not just a small chimp as was once thought but a separate species and thought to have inherited gentleness and niceness from our common ancestor to contrast with the chimpanzee with whom we share traits of mischief and aggression.