Sebastian also criticized the government for “not granting the rights
of persons to the unborn” and instead “giving them to monkeys.”
“This society is either ridiculous or disjointed,” he said.
behind the movement plan to inform lawmakers about the current
situation of apes at zoos and circuses in the country and will ask them
to support their campaign demanding such animals be granted “the moral
and legal protection that currently only human beings enjoy.”
Representative Francisco Garrido of the Socialist party applauded two
scientific studies which “appeared, almost simultaneously, in order to
remind us of the evolutionary proximity and genetic similarity we have
with our relatives, the great apes.”
be granted the rights of apes,” Archbishop Sebastian continued, “but
not human rights, as that would be like saying humans should be granted
the rights of bulls. I don’t get it,” he said.
response to reports that Socialists in Spain have asked the congress in
that country to include apes in the category of persons, Archbishop
Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona said such attempts to be “progressive”
were “ridiculous” and that calling for human rights for apes was like
calling for humans to be granted the rights of bulls.