Wikipedia defines oxymoron as; “. . . a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors (such as “ground pilot”) and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox.”

It is tragic when laws are made that don’t  make sense – such as  laws based on oxymorons.  Richard Laugh’s article, “Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed”  in the Huffington Post, is an example of a this disturbing trend.  Simply put, the Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘person’ to mean; “A human being regarded as an individual.”  A non-human is not a person.

Richard Laugh tells us; “An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday.”  Such determinations are based more on ignorance and legal ‘wrangling’ than science or reason;

The Buenos Aires zoo has 10 working days to seek an appeal.

A spokesman for the zoo declined to comment to Reuters. The zoo’s head of biology, Adrian Sestelo, told La Nacion that orangutans were by nature calm, solitary animals which come together only to mate and care for their young.

“When you don’t know the biology of a species, to unjustifiably claim it suffers abuse, is stressed or depressed, is to make one of man’s most common mistakes, which is to humanize animal behavior,” Sestelo told the daily.

People say a bad law does more harm than good.  What effect does a ‘silly law’  have?   A Law  that ignores facts and reason promotes disrespect for the legal system in general.  In a world where human rights are precarious and often violated, concern for the rights of ‘non-human persons’ are at best a frivolous distraction and at worst a cruel diversion from real issues.  Indeed the Human Rights Watch cites ongoing problems in Argentina;

In 2013, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner secured passage of legislation that severely undermined judicial independence, although the Supreme Court subsequently struck down some of its key aspects. A vibrant but increasingly polarized debate exists in Argentina between the government and its critics. However, the Fernández administration has sanctioned individuals for publishing unofficial inflation statistics challenging official ones, and has failed to adopt rules regarding the distribution of public advertising funds. There is no national law regulating access to information. Other ongoing human rights concerns include police abuse, poor prison conditions, torture, and failure to protect indigenous rights.

Evil thrives and grows in the dark of confusion and indifference. Distraction and deflection serves the spread of darkness over the world.   What better way to get people  to forget about the millions of humans being starved, raped, slaughtered and mutilated on a daily basis than to tie up their courts and media with concerns about the rights of ‘non-human persons’.

Indifference, stupidity and selfishness go hand in hand with affluence.  Business Insider reports;

Rich people care more about animal welfare than human rights, and about a dozen other important causes, according to a new report from consultancy Capgemini.

The firm interviewed more than 4,500 high-net-worth individuals from 23 different markets during Q1 of this year to get their take on a number of subjects, including what social issues they care about most.

Besides human rights, the respondents also said they cared more about animal welfare than climate change, poverty alleviation, income inequality and race and gender issues.

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Only well fed, out of touch people have the luxury of being champions of  ‘non-human rights’.  Most of the rest of the human beings in this world are just trying to survive until tomorrow.

God help us all!