PETA brought a law suit against a photographer on behalf of a monkey. PETA didn’t own the monkey. So it’s difficult to see who they could have standing in the case at all. For that alone it should have been dismissed out of hand.
“That case involved the intellectual property rights of an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto who took pictures of himself in the wild with a nature photographer’s camera.”
Now, rather than fight the case, as so often happens in these things, the photographer has settled it and PETA has dropped the case. The article reads, “PETA officially dropped the Naruto case on Monday. We can all rest assured that, at least for now, the threat of animals becoming our overlords via their accumulation of new rights has dissipated.”
But we can’t rest assured of that, even for now. By capitulating to their stupidity PETA now knows it can force settlements. This will happen until the thing agreed upon is that animals have rights. They don’t. A cow has no more right in our society than a gazelle does to a lion. Why? For several reasons really. Common sense should be enough.
For one thing, animals cannot articulate how they wish to use any rights they may have. Which means we, the humans, are doing nothing but putting words in their mouth. We are making assumptions on their behalf. Secondly, there are more of them, than us. In an instant they rule the world (PETA’s real goal). Third, we eat them. We cannot survive on fruits and veggies, no matter what the vegans tell you, we need to eat them. If you believe in evolution, we get to because we are the apex predator. If you believe in Judaeo/Christianity we get to because the bible says we can. Right from the start man is given dominion over the animals.
The official statement from PETA reads, “PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal.” which makes me wonder if there was some collusion. If it’s a goal they share did they agree to agree?
I love animals – but not in that way. Not in the way that makes me want them all to have rights. I love them for what they do for me. Selfish, I know, but there it is.