Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Opinion : Maggie Gallagher


Wed Jul 16, 6:43 PM ET

Spain's parliament is poised to pass a bill granting great apes -- chimps, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos -- human rights.

Oh, don't worry, they are starting small, offering just four of the 50 rights that human Europeans enjoy.

Spain's proposed rewriting of our own Declaration of Independence reads something like this: All apes are endowed by parliament with certain inalienable rights, among them life, personal safety, limited freedom of movement and the right to claim property through court-appointed (human) guardians.

Not exactly Jeffersonian, but a revolution in human thinking nonetheless.

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