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Thread #59418 Message #1649589
Posted By: Amos
16-Jan-06 - 12:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I would be most interested in such an opportunity; as far as I know it would be the world's first trans-species (inter-species?) lawsuit and as such would have historical resonances far beyond the immediate question of slandering simians.
Among other things it would require resolving the question of civil rights on the food-chain, a thorny issue at best; it would resurrect the Scopes trial; it would establsih far-reaching precedents for the future encounter between Terrans and other-world forms of life, developed or otherwise. It would open a Pandora's box of questions about territorial rights for cetaceans, re-define the meaning of international waters and exclusion zones and possibly require stringent codes of courtesy to be exhibited towards tuna by Portuguese-American fishermen, raising questions of indigenous American-Indian copyrights on prayers to the soul of game animals. You're really opening a can of...unusual things here, Stilly!!!