issue: animals



Monday 20 October 2014


Tommy the chimp is just an animal, not a prisoner

The campaign to give a chimpanzee ‘legal personhood’ is ludicrous.

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Friday 17 June 2011


Animals don’t have morality, people do

In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

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Friday 28 January 2011


The chasm that separates great apes from humans

Jon Cohen’s new book reminds us that, for all the claims that apes and human beings are ‘98.5 per cent the same’ in terms of genetics, there is still an unfathomable gap between us.

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Wednesday 3 November 2010


Animals are useless, unless humans make use of them

We have built cities, cured diseases and created art, yet some people think humans are worth no more than apes.

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Thursday 19 August 2010


Orang-utans are not remotely like humans

Experts should know better than to claim that great apes can communicate in a similar way to human beings.

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Monday 21 June 2010


Why we are different from apes

Guest blog post, Eureka Zone, The Times

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Wednesday 5 May 2010


Chimps don't mourn like humans

‘Chimps “feel death like humans”‘, the BBC reported last week. And according to Scientific American: ‘Like tool use and self-awareness, distinct grief and mourning might be just one more thing we share with our closest living relatives.‘ No it’s not, says Helene Guldberg.

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Thursday 29 April 2010


Monkeys mourning? Don’t make me laugh

A handful of chimp mothers carrying around their dead babies is not evidence of ‘human-like’ qualities.

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Friday 26 June 2009


Restating the case for human uniqueness

A brilliant new book cuts through all the media-oriented research about ‘clever chimps’ using tools, doing maths and feeling human emotions, and reminds us that, in truth, there is nothing remotely human about primates.

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Thursday 19 March 2009


Chimps are like humans? Stop monkeying around

This week it was revealed that chimps use sticks to smash open beehives. But there’s nothing remotely ‘human-like’ in such behaviour.

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Thursday 22 June 2006


Stop weeping over whaling

The attack on Japan for continuing to hunt whales is cultural imperialism dressed up in PC lingo.

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Friday 2 June 2006


'Animals are less valuable than human beings'

Leading researcher John Martin tells Helene Guldberg why it is morally justifiable to cause heart attacks in rats - and why he isn’t scared of animal rights extremists.

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Thursday 3 November 2005


Man is more than a beast

The primatologist Frans de Waal says we should get in touch with ‘our inner ape’. Speak for yourself.

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Friday 29 July 2005


Singer on 'speciesism': a specious argument

In his new book In Defense of Animals, Peter Singer reduces the value of human life to a tick-list of capabilities.

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Friday 26 November 2004


Stop apologising for animal experiments

We don’t need more laws against animal rights activists, but a more robust defence of animal experimentation.

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Tuesday 24 February 2004


Why humans are superior to apes

The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

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