American Court to Decide if Whales are People

Godfather Politics The film Planet of the Apes (1968) has some classic lines. The most famous is “Get your paws off me, you damned dirty apes.” AFI’s “100 Movies . . . 100 Movie Quotes” lists it at #66. A line not on the list, but one I use on a regular basis, is “It’s a madhouse! A madhouse.” (I’m watching Behind the Planet of the Apes [1998] on the anniversary of the debut of The Planet of the Apes in in theaters in 1968 as I write this article.)

A bit of news from a California federal court will cause you to shout along with Charlton Heston that “It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!”

The court is going “to decide for the first time in US history whether amusement park animals are protected by the same constitutional rights as humans.”

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