Are Apes People Too?

Extending “Human Rights” to the Great Apes (and “Rights” to Other Animals, and Maybe Even Plants!)

Shaun Willcock

  We are told, by the so-called “experts”, that modern man is highly “evolved” and of great “intelligence”.  Yet after (supposedly) billions of years of (again, supposed) evolution, all we have are daily proofs of his utter spiritual blindness and stupidity.  Sometimes, monumentally so.

New Zealand Takes the Lead, Gives Protection to Apes It Doesn’t Have

   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”.  This means chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans.  Yes, these ambling anthropoids are our closest relatives – that is, according to evolutionary theory.  But there’s nothing true about this, it has simply been told to the world like a parent reading a bedtime story to children.  Except, in this case, the parent never tells the children the story is just that: a story; a tale.  It’s presented to them as fact.  Human beings are classified, by these geniuses, as just another species of great ape. 

  New Zealand’s legal looniness 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, because – apart from those which may exist in captivity – there aren’t any great apes shambling around New Zealand!  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.

  Now I don’t know about you, reader, but it strikes me that there’s nothing too flattering about being told I’m related to a scratching, flea-eating vine-swinger.  I suspect that most people would find it highly embarrassing to attend a family reunion and introduce long-lost cousin Charlie the Chimpanzee to the assembled aunts and uncles – especially when Charlie goes face down into the fruit salad, or puts the ice cream on his head.  Don’t misunderstand me, I like the critters, I really do.  They are often playful and fun to watch, some are awe-inspiring, and 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 then He made man, in His very 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 they never let the absence of proof, of any actual facts, get in the way of their story.  It is put forward as perfectly logical, a “scientific” answer to what they consider to be 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.  They mock biblical creationism, yet what they put in its place is a “Just So” story which makes anything Rudyard Kipling wrote pale in comparison.

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