A court case in New York involving chimpanzees sheds light on the current “normalization” circus set in motion by the current occupant of the White House.
New York judge Barbara Jaffee has ruled that chimps have no human rights, even though they resemble humans in many ways.
Maybe Judge Jaffee has been following the “normalization” circus too closely, and received inspiration from its details?
After all, is there any real, practical difference between her ruling and the Cuba policies of the White House?
No. The only difference is merely the distinction between de facto and de jure status of Cubans in the eyes of the current administration.
Cubans have not been formally or legally declared to be the property of the Castro regime, but the policies currently governing relations between the U.S. and the Castro regime accept as an unchangeable fact the slavery to which all Cubans are subjected.
Human rights? Fuhgeddaboudit. Geddoutaheah.
The issue of human rights has been kept safely locked away in a very secure vault during all negotiations. Why? Because in the eyes of the White House and the State Department Cubans are no different from chimps.
Current U.S. policies assume that all eleven million Cubans on the island are owned, de facto, by the Castro regime. And — as the current fascination with travel to the Castro Kingdom reveals — their island nation is considered an exotic primate zoo of sorts, where Americans can ogle the sub-human natives in their charming primitive habitat, or a giant laboratory where the effects of socialism on Cubans can be observed.
What judge Jaffee said about chimps applies to everything the White House has been saying about Cubans since December 17: “someday they may get legal rights, but courts don’t embrace change quickly.” Simply substitute “U.S. government” for “courts” and the similarity between Cubans and chimps becomes apparent.
From National Public Radio
New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People
What has thumbs and no habeas corpus entitlement? Chimpanzees. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that chimps are still viewed as property, not people, under the law.
The lawsuit was filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that wanted two research chimps — named Hercules and Leo — out of confinement.
NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports “the animal rights group was trying to get them released to a sanctuary by arguing that the chimps have complex cognitive abilities and should be considered legal ‘persons.’ In the ruling, Justice Barbara Jaffe acknowledges that similarities between chimpanzees and humans ‘inspire the empathy for a beloved pet.’ ”
The judge wrote that someday they may get legal rights, but that courts don’t embrace change quickly. The chimps are held by Stony Brook University.
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