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Human Rights for Apes?1 min read

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The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for

“the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.”

An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”

Now, I think the eating and medical testing on these poor fellows is dreadful – I mean, they seem pretty damned sentient, though not human, to me.  But what I really want to know is, how does this affect the European Social Welfare model?  Will the state have to care for them like other "minors and mentally handicapped of our species?"  Inquiring minds want to know.