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September 17, 2020 - Barrons

Swiss Region To Vote To Enshrine Primate Rights

Swiss Region To Vote To Enshrine Primate Rights
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A Swiss region will ask citizens to vote on a proposal to incorporate the fundamental rights of primates into their constitution, after the supreme court ruled Wednesday the text was permissible.

The proposal, launched by an animal rights activist group called Sentience Politics in 2016, called for an amendment to the constitution in the northern half-canton of Basel City to include "fundamental rights to life for non-human primates".

The animals are "highly complex beings, possessing an intrinsic, essential interest in living a life of bodily and mental integrity," the group said.

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