A Great Day for the Great Ape!

Posted by Tony Eliseuson, ALDF Volunteer Attorney Member on June 27, 2008

As was widely reported, the Spanish Parliament became what is believed to be the first national legislative body to adopt the principles of the Great Ape Project, which includes the right to life, protection of individual liberty, and a prohibition on torture.  

Although
as the reports note, Spain is an odd first nation to have passed such
legislation, given it has next to no great apes within its borders. But
this is still a very significant step towards broader recognition of
the principles of the Great Ape Project, and animal rights more
generally, within the international legal community.

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