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The rights of apes

From the general secretary of Catholic Concern for Animals SIR -The Spanish bishop who criticises the extension of some human rights to apes (Report, July 18) is obviously unware of Cardinal John Heenan's statement in 1970 that "[animals] have very positive rights because they are God's creatures. If we have to speak with absolute accuracy we must say that God has the right to have all his creatures treated with proper respect." Are the rights to life. to liberty and not to be tortured so very extreme? Rights for unborn children are, of course, sacred but that does not preclude other beings from being protected, surely?

Yours faithfully, DEBORAH JONES, Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire

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