Mod+ Should chimpanzees have legal rights?

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It's an interesting idea. I would shift the perspective though. Law and legal rights are arbitrary human social constructs. Rather than enmesh nature in our artificial system, I think the perspective should be about regulating human actions with respect to animals and the earth in general. It may just be semantics but I think people can better grasp the idea of "these behaviours towards animals are legally restricted" rather than framing the discussion as "this chimp is a person with all the legal protections of personhood".
 
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People always say that "Americans love two things (besides beef): guns and lawsuits."

Does this mean that one day, when I go south of the border, I might see litigious monkeys packing heat? (You mean an American? *harhar* #CanadianElitism)

Seriously though...
Rather than enmesh nature in our artificial system, I think the perspective should be about regulating human actions with respect to animals and the earth in general.
This.
 
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