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In addition, if we evolved from an ape-like ancestor and are nothing more than animals ourselves, where do we draw the line concerning who has “rights”? Maybe the apes and chimps in the zoo should also have the rights afforded to people. And why stop there because then we are discriminating against the lowly bacteria, with whom we share a common ancestry. Humans would be guilty of committing genocide every time they washed their hands with anti-bacterial soap!

Dr.Georgia Purdom, AiG 12 Comments [1/31/2008 3:24:51 AM]
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Submitted By: Shibori
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szena

Of course, before the ToE was widely accepted Europeans didn't accept that indigenous people had rights. In the Bible, those who didn't worship Yahweh didn't have rights.

I can see why you're worried.

3/2/2008 9:46:18 PM

canadiest

Actually there are some animal activists who feel animals should have more rights than us, but thats another brand of nuts.

"Rights" are law enforced rule of treatment in HUMAN society. Do you people understand nothing? We are animals and apes by definition but were of a class called Homo-sapien (Human) and rights of Humans apply to...Humans

3/3/2008 4:58:46 PM

Moondog

When Jane Goodall was researching chimpanzees, she observed them using tools. The best-known is the twig used to get termites out of a mound to eat. They also go to war with each other. One of her colleagues said that we would have to either re-define tool, or what it meant to be human. Now there are some who want the genus ofPan Troglodytes changed to Homo.

3/3/2008 11:56:11 PM

POSW

Chimps can't talk. They haven't demanded rights yet. I also love how he doesn't use the whole phrase, HUMAN rights.

3/4/2008 12:13:08 AM

phoenix

Some sane people have put a lot of thought into the idea
of giving rights to animals. Take a look at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Ape_Project

3/4/2008 1:46:35 AM

aaa

Fuck the bacteria.

12/17/2008 8:34:00 AM

DarkfireTaimatsu

If any group of animals can make their ideas plain and heard to a government, maybe then we'll consider extending rights like ours. However, no group has spoken up yet.

12/17/2008 8:37:54 AM

JackH

let's kill anyone who can't communicate fully & appropriately.
if you can't speak you don't deserve a happy life, or any life at all.

12/17/2008 11:37:01 AM

ericm6

strawman much?

3/11/2009 5:14:46 PM

kjdamrau

I think the flip side of this argument is more interesting. Is it possible that there are "people" in the world who are so violent, so incapable of living in normal human society that they are not, in fact, "human?" Is there more to being "human" than mere biology? And, is it possible that in an increasingly scientific and technical world that those that cling to bronze age myths could be sacrificed in order to advance the family of man?

8/26/2010 7:57:07 PM

Justanotheratheist

And this moron is a Doctor? I suspect even chimps in the zoo would be a bit more selective about who they hand out doctorates to.

8/27/2010 2:16:27 AM

Kuyohashi

It's only genocide if the bacteria suffers. Since they lack central nervous systems, I think we're safe.

And we'll give apes the right to vote when they ask for it.

6/2/2011 12:33:51 PM
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