Monkeys Are People Too

Despite the title of this post, I don’t believe that “monkeys are people too.” Nevertheless, an ABC news report says that some people think that they are. This is one you’ll have to see to believe.

According the report, people are “adopting” monkeys and living with them as their surrogate “children.” These people call these adopted monkeys their “babies,” and they even dress them up like little infants.

The stories of these “adoptions” ought to scandalize anyone who still cares about the sanctity of human life. Is it any wonder that human life is so devalued in our culture when there are people who do not know the difference between people and animals? They are like the Ninevites of old, “persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” (Jonah 4:11).

This report is a sign of the times.

Adopting Monkeys – Part 1

Adopting Monkeys – Part 2

10 Responses to Monkeys Are People Too

  1. Faimon July 2, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    Ok, I watched the reports. I am not ‘scandalized.’ Two families who treat their little pets more like humans than I would. That is also true of a large percentage of dog, cat, ferret, etc owners.

    Should we be scandalized by everyone who talks to their dog like it can understand them?

    Two nuts does not a Nineveh make, methinks.

  2. Nathan Boyette July 2, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    I love this line in the linked article:

    “It’s not a matter of, you know, if they’re going to attack. It’s when.”

    What were these people thinking? They are monkeys! Of course they are going to attack. You are lucky they did not start throwing their own poop at you.

    I am sorry but I think that this does say something bad about our society. These people are spending thousands of dollars on a monkey when they could adopt a real human and give it a better life (or at the very least give the money to some group that provides food or a better life for people in poorer countries).

    Furthermore, there are people who keep these monkeys for a few years and then get bored with it and ship it off to some ‘monkey’ home. What does that say about our society’s understanding of responsibility?

  3. Brian (Another) July 2, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    For those who listen to The Ticket, there was a story on Muse in the News this morning about a monkey (though it was a chimpanzee) that was rescued by its original owners (that was a good thing). The couple “raised the chimp like it was their son”, even teaching it to use a knife and a fork. The chimp bit another persons finger and mauled a police officer’s hand (don’t know exactly the details) and was taken from the couple. The story this morning was that the chimp escaped. The original couple was distraught to tears. The husband said that the chimp was the best man at his wedding. Best man? Not only are we adopting, but we are substituting friends with animals. Elsewhere, Leona Helmsley left several (5 – 8) billion dollars to be used for the care and welfare of dogs (NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/us/02gift.html?th&emc=th). In addition to the 12 million to her own dog. Granted, it was her “wishes”, so the article brings up questions of legally binding. But that’s where her heart was. Sad. Interesting quote from the article:

    “The first goal was to help indigent people, the second to provide for the care and welfare of dogs. A year later, they said, she deleted the first goal.”

    PS: If the first part was mentioned in the broadcasts, I couldn’t access one of them, so sorry if it’s a repeat.

  4. Darius July 2, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Brian, that story sounds like an episode of Friends…

  5. Paul July 2, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    “I am sorry but I think that this does say something bad about our society. These people are spending thousands of dollars on a monkey when they could adopt a real human and give it a better life (or at the very least give the money to some group that provides food or a better life for people in poorer countries).”

    I agree with this…

    But, at the same time, I look at my wife who LOVES birds. If we had the cash to drop a couple of thousand dollars on an African Grey Parrot, she would without thinking twice about it. She would gladly spend the multiple hundreds of dollars to get it the proper cage, and she would probably hire a bird nanny (they exist) to come keep this legendarily neurotic bird company during the day so that it wouldn’t start pulling out its own feathers. At least we already have the super sturdy baby toys, so we wouldn’t have to cough up coin for those.

    In other words, in theory, I’m with you Nathan, but in real life, I’m with Faimon. They’re pets and if people want to own oddball pets, then more power to ’em.

  6. Michael July 2, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Yes, but are the monkeys Egalitarian or Complementarian? That’s the real scandal. 🙂

  7. Ferg July 2, 2008 at 9:03 am #

    Yes, but are the monkeys Egalitarian or Complementarian? That’s the real scandal.

    hahahaha. never a truer word said.

  8. Matt Svoboda July 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    The question is this… are non-doctrine holding liberals people too?

  9. Rose July 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm #

    And this proves why many companys offer pet insurance… 🙂

  10. Darius July 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Matt, liberals hold to a doctrine too… they just like to think that they don’t. 🙂

    And to answer your question… no.

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