18 February, 2009

The difference betweeen Us and Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, sharing more than 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Humans and chimps are also thought to share a common ancestor who lived some four to eight million years ago. In many ways we are very very much like chimpanzees. And yet, we and chimps have some huge differences.

The biggest difference between us and chimps, is: Man is the most cruel and the most destructive not only to our own fellow humans, but to all living creatures on this Planet. Chimps never keep us humans in captivity; or keep us in zoos for entertainment; or cruelly use us for scientific research; or eat us. Due to our destructive actions, we have driven chimpanzees almost to extinction and they are now an endangered species.

Why was 'Travis' the chimp kept in captivity for all these years, when he should have been in the wild? Which is more cruel: 'Travis' the chimp mauling a woman or the chimp having been kept away from the wild and from its kind for so long? And why do chimps attack?

Why does the US not stop using chimps for research? Chimpanzees should be free in the wild and not kept in captivity. So much is being said and done about the the chimp mauling the woman - which is sad. Can much more be done to save chimpanzees and other creatures on this Earth!

Photo: WWF

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