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Human rights for apes

  • 2003-05-29
  • Gwynne Dyer
Once upon a time it was acceptable to eat people who didn't belong to the tribe. Human beings have come a long way since then, and we may yet go further. We might even make killing some non-humans a crime.The idea that the great apes, at least, ought to have the protection of the same laws that forbid the murder and torture of human beings has been part of the public debate for a quarter-century, since philosopher Peter Singer wrote his ground-breaking book "Animal Liberation" in 1975. "We now have sufficient information about the capacities of the great apes to make it clear that the moral...
 
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