Not great enough


New Zealand has decided not to grant basic “human rights” to chimps and other non-human great apes. Instead, a parliamentary committee has called for a ban on experiments involving the apes unless they benefit the individual animal or the species. The recommendation is expected to become law within six months, as part of the country’s new Animal Welfare Bill. The proposed legislation falls far short of the goal of the international Great Ape Project, however, which campaigned for rights for the primates on the basis of their similarity to people (see This Week, 13 February,
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