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An organisation establised to include the nonhuman great apes within the community of equals by granting them the basic moral and legal protection that only human beings currently enjoy. These rights are as follows:

The Right to Life
The Protection of Individual Liberty
The Prohibition of Torture

They define the great apes as: the chimpanzee (pan troglodytes), the bonobo (pan paniscus), the gorilla (gorilla gorilla), the orang-utan (pongo pygmaeus), and the human (homo sapiens).

They have also developed policies regarding the actual enactment of these rights: reintroduction into traditional habitats, teaching of language skills to apes etc. They are widely known, and have featured in media including Nature, The Times, and China Daily. They have also produced a book, which bears the same title as the organisation.

One could find out more at www.greatapeproject.org. That would, however, involve leaving e2. I'm kind of pissed that they left out the orang-utan. They do share 98% of our DNA: a worthless statistic, I admit. More importantly, they need protection and look neat-o.

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