Saturday, July 12, 2008

y viva espana

although bullfighting continues to be an acceptable 'sport' in spain - viz the current plethora of photos of gored participants in pamplona - news has reached ravaj towers of the granting of legal rights in spain to the ape community.

the times reports:

"In what is thought to be the first time a national legislature has granted such rights to animals, the Spanish parliament’s environmental committee voted to approve resolutions committing the country to the Great Apes Project, designed by scientists and philosophers who say that humans’ closest biological relatives also deserve rights.

The resolution, adopted with crossparty support, calls on the Government to promote the Great Apes Project internationally and ensure the protection of apes from “abuse, torture and death”. “This is a historic moment in the struggle for animal rights,” Pedro Pozas, the Spanish director of the Great Apes Project, told The Times. “It will doubtless be remembered as a key moment in the defence of our evolutionary comrades.”"

the rest of the article is here.

i am quite glad that spanish apes will now have some protection against those humans who mistreat them. cannot help but wish that the same kind of concern be applied to other humans being mistreated by humans. poverty, disease, injustice, prejudice, etc. *sigh*

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