Monkey Business: Extending “Human Rights” to the Great Apes

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Just before the end of the 20th century, when man, according to evolutionists, had become so “evolved”, so “developed” and of such high “intelligence”, we had yet further proof of how blind and foolish he really is:
In 1999 New Zealand became the first country in the world to pass a law recognising the feelings and status of the great apes as “man’s closest relatives”.  That’s chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans.  They’re our closest relatives, friends – that is, according to evolutionary “science”.  In fact, human beings are classified by these same geniuses as a species of great ape, in the same family as both the ambling and the arboreal anthropoids just mentioned.
Now I don’t know about you, reader, but it strikes me that there’s nothing too flattering about being lumped in the same “family” as gorillas and chimps.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the critters, I really do, the chimps are playful and fun to watch, the gorillas are awe-inspiring, all of the great apes are intelligent (for  animals!), but apes are apes and men are men, and that’s all there is to it.  In a word, they are animals, and man is not.  Oh sure, he acts like one, and worse than one in fact; but he is not one.  On the sixth day of creation, “God made the beast of the earth after his kind” (Gen. 1:25), and this included the various apes; and then He made man, in His own image, after His likeness (Gen. 1:25-27)!
Not so, say the evolutionists: the great apes and man evolved over millions of years from a common ancestor.  They have no proof of this, of course, just as they have none for any of their other absurd evolutionary theories; but nevertheless, it is put forward as perfectly logical, a “scientific” answer to the “absurd fantasy” of biblical creationism!
But it is not science, it is “science falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20), and the real fantasy is that men – or apes for that matter – evolved from anything.

The New Zealand act was called the Animal Welfare Act, and it prohibited the use of the great apes in research, testing or teaching, unless this use would be in the best interests of the apes themselves.  It prohibited the use of these animals for experiments that would be of use to humans.  It was easy, of course, for New Zealand to make such legislation – there aren’t any great apes running around in New Zealand!  The only great apes New Zealand has are a few in captivity.  The absurdity of it all seemed to have escaped the notice of those who hailed it as a great victory – a country legislating protection for creatures it doesn’t have.
This ground-breaking legislation was hailed by an organisation known as the Great Ape Project (Gap), which had brought the bill before the New Zealand parliament.  Its vice-president, Paul Waldau, said, “Ultimately, Gap would like to see the non-human great apes accorded standing in legal systems throughout the world.  This would permit them to be protected by rights to life, liberty and freedom from torture.”
It’s a twisted, warped world all right.  As unborn children are murdered by the millions every year in their mothers’ wombs, having absolutely no “rights” to life, liberty or freedom from torture, the beasts of the field are being granted the very “rights” denied to human beings!  And note the reference to the apes as the “non-human great apes”. Once again, we’re being subtly indoctrinated; we’re being conditioned into thinking of the apes as our “relatives”.  We’re the “human great apes”, they’re the “non-human” ones.  But we’re all apes.  That’s the point.  This is what the teaching of evolution has done to men: it has convinced them that we’re all nothing but great apes, and therefore the “other” great apes deserve equal treatment before the law!  What’s next – are we going to see “ape rights” activists screaming, “Apes are people too”?  Will those who hunt and shoot the apes be tried in courts for murder?
If such things sound too far-fetched, don’t be too quick to laugh it off.  Years ago already, in the United States, there was what was described as an “explosion of interest” shown by law schools in the status of animals;  and the famed Harvard University decided to offer an “animal law course” in 2000!
Gap demanded from the United Nations a declaration of “Rights of the Great Apes” similar to the New Zealand act, but it went even further: it demanded that these creatures could not be put behind bars without a court’s decision!  Gap compared its fight against injustice in the treatment of the great apes with the fight for the “rights” of women, sodomites, and disabled people.