Recently I spent an entertaining evening with my old friend Octavius O. Rangutan in his Borneo forest. I'd brought along the most recent issue of Time Magazine so it was neither unexpected nor irrelevant when our conversation turned to the subject of whether humans think. This is a subject animals have debated for thousands of years and so far the jury is still out.
imprison other species
pollute the environment
devise fraudulent banking practices
build weapons of mass destruction
torture other animals
kill out of hatred
Why is it necessary to compare animal intelligence with human intelligence in order for humans to accord us respect?
Speaking of drinking, here's one of susan's favorite songs performed by Louis Prima as King Louis of the Apes, Sebastian Cabot as 'Bagheera' the Panther, and Phil Harris as Baloo the Bear. If you feel like watching more you can find George Sanders playing the evil Shere Khan the Tiger and Sterling Holloway (who seemed to be in every Disney movie back then) doing his twisted version of 'Kaa' the Snake.
How well I remember the the drunken hilarity at the cast party. The ability to laugh and be happy is common to all species.