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Should we breach the species barrier and grant rights to the great apes?

An exchange between Peter Singer and Kenan Malik

By Peter Singer   May 1999

4th April 1999

Dear Kenan,

I am told that you do not favour the idea of granting rights to great apes. The case for doing so seems to me so clear-cut that I am curious to learn why someone like you, who generally opposes the exploitation of the weak by the strong, is against it. Supporters of the Great Ape Project (GAP) are pressing the New Zealand parliament to extend three basic rights to our nearest relatives, the great apes: the right to life; the right to liberty; and the right not to be tortured.

Why am I prepared to…

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