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LONDON -- In Europe, apes are inching toward obtaining the same legal rights as humans.
A Spanish parliamentary committee adopted resolutions last month that would give great apes, such as chimpanzees and gorillas, the right to life, freedom from arbitrary captivity and protection from torture.
If approved as expected next year, Spain would be the first nation to extend human rights to what some believe are mankind's closest genetic relatives.
Originally posted by Raist
So what will this do to zoos? While I personally think zoos do have some place as far as teaching children about animals and in many cases protection now as well; zoos do though take away the basic right of animals as far as freedom.
So what sort of affect will this have on zoos and similar parks? I agree with the poster though that says shipping a baby ape off differs little from shipping of a human child. At the same time even though they are possibly a “lesser” being it is also no different than shipping off a lizard to a pet shop which is every bit as important as any other animal.
I think there is an ethical issue when dealing with animals and keeping them in a place where they normally would not be of their own choosing.
Slightly off topic but didn’t something similar happen in one of the Planet of the Apes moves? I remember they were used as slaves but could swear there was talk about ape rights and such.