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If we decide that humanly killing a 6 month old fetus is against the law, then surely humanly killing a 25 year old chimpanzee should be too.

To muddy the waters a bit more, the Australian utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer brings up this same point -- and concludes the exact opposite.

He argues that the "right to life" scales with rationality and self-consciousness. In other words, an adult chimp has more "ethical value" than a newborn human. He uses similar reasons to argue that that brain-damaged humans should be used in medical research (eg HIV experiments) rather than chimpanzees.

Needless to say, he's a controversial figure.

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 18:46:00 UTC | #145910