Friday, May 04, 2007

Yahoos Want Chimp Declared a Person


I love stories like this:

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out watching TV.
But he doesn't care for coffee, and he isn't actually a person—at least not yet. In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26- year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person."
Hiasl's supporters argue he needs that status to become a legal entity that can receive donations and get a guardian to look out for his interests.

My first response is beware Austrians dicking around with what is and what is not a person. Last time an Austrian tried this on a large scale it didn't work out so well. Secondly, I wonder if this same sort of ploy will work for actual human persons who haven't been born yet.

2 comments:

Dexter said...

Which one is the chimp?

El Duderino said...

The one who's slighlty more hairy than your mom.