According to Judges in the US, Apes Don’t Have Rights

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An unfortunate decision following this story in the US ruled that apes don’t have the same rights as humans.

According to “…Justice Karen K. Peters of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, writing for the five-judge panel, said that apes’ lackadaisical approach to civic life meant they did not deserve many of the rights afforded most people reading this article…. [the judges found that] ‘Unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions’… ‘In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal rights'”

The Nonhuman Rights Project, who originally launched the writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Tommy, a captive chimpanzee, plans to appeal the decision.

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More Good News From India

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Not only has India banned animal experimentation and dissections in universities, but there also a ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Imported cosmetics that test on animals have been banned as well. India has become the first country in south Asia to impose such bans.

Hopefully more countries will follow the lead of Israel, the European Union, and now India in banning animal testing for cosmetics.

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Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

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The New York Times reports on the emotional well-being of zoo animals by detailing the work of Dr. Vint Virga, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, who treats zoo animals for psychological and behavioral ailments. Dr. Virga has “… treated severely depressed snow leopards, brown bears with obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic zebras. ‘Scientists often say that we don’t know what animals feel because they can’t speak to us and can’t report their inner states,’ Virga told me. ‘But the thing is, they are reporting their inner states. We’re just not listening.'”

Zoos continue to stir up controversy and this powerful quote from the article helps partly to explain why:

“Still, there’s no denying the public qualms about the entire project of keeping our animal friends captive for education and profit. Consider Mali, an aging elephant at the Manila zoo who has spent most of her 40 years in what, without exaggeration, might be described as a cage, and the campaign to free her that has drawn public statements from as far afield as the morose English rocker Morrissey and the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee. Her years in the zoo are ‘a heavy sentence to bear, longer than is served by most murderers,’ wrote Coetzee, a Nobel laureate. ‘Mali has paid the penalty for not being fortunate enough to be born human.'”

Read the full article here

Also, read the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness here.