YOU CAN'T MAKE this stuff up: Zapatero's Socialists will actually introduce a declaration in Parliament calling to grant "human rights" (sic) to apes. It's not some academics stuff, it's intended to pass in Parliament:
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."
Maybe their plan is to give them voting rights, so they're reaching to their base...To be fair, Environment minister said that this was not mean to actually give monkeys actual human rights, though the deputies sponsoring this, during the presentation in Parliament (link in Spanish), said that they pursued the concept of person to be expanded to big apes in danger of extintion (gorillas, chimpanzees) in order to protect them.
Maybe leftists will cut Bush the Chimp some slack...
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