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JULY 14, 2008 9:13 AM

Spain Grants Legal Rights to Apes
Many thanks to my colleague Kevin Corcoran for spotting this fascinating opinion piece in the New York Times on the recent legislation in Spain of legal rights for apes. Adam Cohen, the author of the piece and an assistant editor for the Times who has contributed numerous articles on human rights, concludes the article with the controversial suggestion that increased attention to the rights of primates might pay dividends for the more humane treatment of human beings: "The Supreme Court recently ruled that states are not obliged to administer lethal injections in ways that avoid unnecessary risk that inmates will suffer great pain. If apes are given the right to humane treatment, it just might become harder to deny that same right to their human cousins."