Tuesday, April 25, 2006

You Can't Make This stuff Up II

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."

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."

1 comment:

Wadical said...

"the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species."

That's quite an insult to our "minors" and mentally handicapped don't you think? I bet if they looked at how many of our genes are shared with a pig or goat, they'd be lobbying for pig and goat rights too.

Are these apes going to start receiving checks from the state now? Maybe they could be productive members of society by bagging groceries at the WalMart right next to that "Mentally Challenged" Homo Sapien?

What the hell? Does Spain have a growing ape population or something?....Man, and I thought WE were "less than choosey" with our immigrants!