Should Chimpanzees have human rights?Watch
Wtf is wrong with people? Animals come and go big deal
So apparently chimpanzees have a sense of right and wrong just like humans. They're our closest relatives - sharing 99% of the same DNA. They're facing extinction in many countries. We wouldn't allow it to happen to people so isn't it time we gave chimpanzees human rights?
I definitely support more rights for them. (and other animals as well)
Great apes, dolphins and other intelligent animals, while probably not as vulnerable to suffering as humans, still deserve care and ought to have rights in proportion.
However, I'm only advocating care on the level of the individual - not the species. Only individuals have rights. We should care for animals as best we can, but it's pointless and mistaken in my opinion to protect the abstract concept of a species and be motivated because 'the species might die out' as opposed to 'these animals are suffering.'
- Abraham Lincolnshire-Sausages.
Anyway, if you give chimpanzees the same rights as a human then you must also make them subject to the same laws as a human. In which case thousands of chimpanzees all over the world, both in the wild and in captivity, would be guilty of, and would have to be punished for, crimes like murder, rape, assault, theft, extortion and animal cruelty, not to mention squatting and illegal hunting.