There is a vast difference between opposing animal cruelty and elevating animals to the level of claimants of rights. We can support animal welfare without framing that support in terms that have customarily applied only to humans.
Chimpanzees have languished in laboratories for decades, sometimes subjected to painful experimentation and often warehoused in barren cages. But now the fate of these remarkable and highly intelligent beings has taken a monumental turn for the better.
If you think "biodiversity hotspot" sounds like a science class or a commercial for a vacation destination, imagine this instead: The chimps living on land that Herakles Farms hopes to "develop" have as many forest friends as The Jungle Book's Mowgli.
Tracking rehabilitated cheetahs and leopards through the African bush as they learn to hunt and survive again in the wild. Riding on the backs of rescued elephants on a sunset stroll to their favourite watering hole, where they finally feel safe from poachers...
Because of the continued debate over the scientific use of chimpanzees, the eminent Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States recently assessed the necessity of studying chimpanzees in biomedical research.