Selfies and rights
Regarding “Can a monkey own rights to its selfies?” (Page B2, Thursday), the fundamental premise of our legal system is that it advances through groundbreaking cases that challenge the status quo. PETA’s “monkey selfie” case is just such an example.
Animals are thinking, sentient beings deserving of respect, consideration and legal protections for their own sake. Mindsets are evolving. An Argentinian court found that a captive orangutan named Sandra is a non-human person with rights, and unanimously agreed she has been wrongfully imprisoned in a zoo.
Loyola Marymount University ethicist Thomas White, said, “The scientific research suggests that dolphins are “non-human persons” who qualify for moral understanding as individuals.”
Reevaluating our entrenched prejudices is the central measure of how we progress as a species. Naruto’s case is really quite simple. Naruto took the photos. As the “author” of those photographs, he deserves to own the copyright. Jennifer O’Connor, senior writer, PETA
Foundation, Norfolk Va.