Updating: They’re intrinsically smarter than corporate executives too!
NY courts reject group’s legal effort to grant captive chimpanzees the same rights as a “legal person.”
Original copy: […] Four new lawsuits by an animal advocacy group are trying to use obscure slavery-era law to grant chimpanzees many of the legal rights that people have. Whether or not their legal arguments are right, their cause is eminently just. Chimpanzees should be legal persons — full stop.
The Nonhuman Rights Project, the organization that filed the suit, is not seeking for chimpanzees to be granted the right to free speech or to vote. Instead, their first suit asks that a chimpanzee named Tommy be released from the “small, dank cement cage in a cavernous dark shed” in which he is being held in Gloversville, New York. Tommy, NhRP argues, is “a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental right not to be imprisoned.”
In short: Tommy the chimpanzee may not be a human being, but he’s enough of a person that he deserves the right not to be imprisoned and held in a cell.
But isn’t “person” just another word for “human?” Not at all, either as a matter of law or morality. In law, “personhood” is a status that allows the legal system to…"
Who needs 72 virgins when there’s Boot-ay like this?
“In order to demonstrate the scale of the looting, UNESCO displayed before-and-after satellite images of Apamea (Syria), renowned for its Hellenistic ruins and founded by a general serving with Alexander the Great. The images from prior to the war show the site surrounded by flat fields while the later images reveal hundreds of bulldozed holes."
UN officials say the looters often work hand-in-hand with rebel militias. Syria has more than 10,000 archaeological sites left by Greeks, Romans and Ottomans and others, and Interpol, the European police agency, says dozens of ancient mosaics and artifacts from Syria have turned up on the international art market.
But looting isn’t restricted to ancient sites. The Syrian foreign ministry earlier this year complained that rebels had plundered a thousand factories in and around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and its onetime commercial hub, and transported equipment, machinery and raw materials into Turkey for sale…
James Dettmer, “Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime”, Daily Beast
The al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria have started working with crime syndicates and racketeering thugs for kidnappings, arms-smuggling, and widespread looting.But to be fair, the author DID leave the last paragraph for the “Rebels” to lamely defend themselves:
Not that criminality is all on one side. The networks of thugs that the Assad regime uses to enforce and intimidate, known as the Shabiha, are exploiting the chaos for business opportunities too, say opposition activists, and are also resorting to plundering, extortion and profiteering.