As I was getting ready this morning, I heard the alarming headline that a judge was granting human rights to a chimpanzee.
Distressed, I looked it up and found this, on theverge.com by Rich McCormick:
“The New York judge who yesterday appeared to give two chimpanzees legal personhood has made it clear that she did not intend to give the animals human rights. After making her first ruling earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a revised court order on Tuesday with the writ of habeas corpus — a legal principle that allows people to contest their wrongful imprisonment — struck out.”
So, she took out the part saying that the plaintiff, a monkey, has legal right to contest wrongful imprisonment. I guess we dodged the bullet on that one. But, this idea that animals are equal to humans is one that is pervasive in our culture and it is dangerous.
A few years ago, my family went to the Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago. At the zoo, there was a place where bats fly free. There is no net between the bats and the people.
We walked in and my kids were a little freaked. They are half redneck and they are pretty clear on bats. If one bites you, you can die.
So, the zoo keeper was preaching about how the bats are more afraid of us than we are of them.
He continued to preach the wonderful-ness of bats, how much good they do, how many pests they eat. (I am glad that a mouse activist wasn’t there or there might have been a smack down.)
Then, I just couldn’t keep it in. I said, “You know, the thing about wild animals is, they are wild. We forget that at our own peril. Like the guy who got eaten by the bear, the guy who got eaten by the tiger, that guy who…”
Then, my husband gave me double major stink eye and my children actually started pulling and pushing me out of the enclosure. (One got on each side, it was effective.)
The nerve! And, I was just getting started!
There is a school of thought that reducing humans from individuals made in the image of God to just animals, who are clearly below humans in the Bible, is fundamental to progressive liberal ideology.
If we are people, not animals, we have to be accountable for our actions, don’t we? But, if we are just animals, who act only on instinct, a whole host of sins can be completely excused.
See what I mean?
Chimps are not humans, wild animals are wild. We need to get that straight, we don’t at our own risk.
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