The truth about chimps

As part of its continuing support for Attorney General Holder’s national anti-cowardice campaign, VFR encourages not only honesty by whites about blacks, but honesty by humans about animals. Please note: I am of course not equating any human beings with animals; I am saying that the same liberal belief in equality that forbids frank discussion about differences between the human races, also makes it difficult to talk about differences between humans and animals.

Anthony Damato writes:

When I heard of the chimp attack by “Travis,” the 200 pound menace, I instantly recalled a previous attack by chimps in 2005, in which parts of a man’s face were chewed off, just as in the Connecticut attack.

Surely Travis’ “mom” knew of this attack then, and should have decided against keeping a wild animal, especially one probably sharing her Xanax, in close proximity to other human beings?

LA replies:

But why is it up to the misbehaving owner to make such a decision? Why do the laws allow people to keep dangerous animals as pets in the first place?

From the news article Anthony sent, we realize that chewing people’s faces off is what chimpanzees do. The relentless “chimps are just like us” propaganda over the last 40 years has set people up for such attacks. And this attitude, I would argue, is part and parcel of liberalism and particularly its subset neoconservatism. Neoconservatism. tells us that all people are just like us, and therefore it’s wrong to discriminate against anyone. So we knock down the traditional and commonsensical walls dividing other people from ourselves. As a result, we soon find out that they’re not like us. But by then it’s too late.

Here is the horrifying 2005 story.

California chimp attack leaves man in critical condition
March 4, 2005
CBC News

Two chimpanzees broke free from their cage at a California animal sanctuary Thursday, chewing off most of a 62-year-old man’s face and biting his wife.

The couple, St. James and LaDonna Davis, had been visiting their former pet chimp Moe at the Animal Haven Ranch. Moe had been removed from their Los Angeles home in 1999 for aggressive behaviour.

The couple, who had brought a birthday cake to Moe, were standing outside his cage when two other chimps in an adjoining cage, Buddy and Ollie, attacked.

Sanctuary officials say they don’t know how Buddy and Ollie escaped from their cage.

Hospital officials say St. James Davis is in critical condition with massive injuries to his face, arm and leg. His testicles and a foot were severed and he will require extensive surgery to re-attach his nose.

His wife, LaDonna, was bitten on the hand while trying to save her husband.

The son-in-law of the sanctuary owner shot and killed Buddy and Ollie.

Two other female chimps in the cage with them also escaped, but were captured five hours later and returned to the enclosure.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 22, 2009 05:02 PM | Send

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