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June 15, 2005

Chimpanzee rights

If chimpanzees should have rights because they're smarter than disabled humans, as animal-rights advocate Steven M. Wise has argued, then these chimps should probably have been given Miranda warnings when they mauled a man, instead of being shot to death (deprived of life without due process of law). I bring this up not just to make fun of Mr. Wise again but because I noted the attack, and the conflicting headlines, back in March. The victim has just been brought out of his medically induced coma, having suffered serious physical injury.