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The Great Ape Project: Equality Beyond Humanity

by Paola Cavalieri

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After the Spanish Parliament passed a law this June extending legal rights to non-human great apes, I decided read more about the rationale behind the decision. Essentially, Spain signed onto The Great Ape Project, an international movement for including all great apes (humans, gorillas, orang-utans, and chimpanzees)in the community of moral equals. The Great Ape Project: Equality Beyond Humanity is edited by the founders of the project and contains contributions from ethologists, philosophers, activists and more in support of the Declaration on Great Apes. The essays were fascinating and informative, though somewhat repetitive. I especially enjoyed the essays that dealt with research into ape intelligence, consciousness, and language. Overall the various authors make a compelling case for why all great apes should be seen as rights-bearing individuals to be protected from murder, imprisonment, and torture. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031211818X, Paperback)

A compelling and revolutionary work that calls for the immediate extension of our human rights to the great apes.

The Great Ape Project looks forward to a new stage in the development of the community of equals, whereby the great apes-chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans-will actually receive many of the same protections and rights that are already accorded to humans.

This profound collection of thirty-one essays by the world's most distinguished observers of free-living apes make up a uniquely satisfying whole, blending observation and interpretation in a highly persuasive case for a complete reassessment of the moral status of our closest kin.

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