Jackson is Glamour

Jackson is Glamour

Walking into the chimp kitchen today, I noticed Rachel and Kaleigh huddled in the hallway. I looked through the glass and saw Jackson sitting at the mesh, Rachel’s phone turned to him with its front-facing camera on — a mirror that records. Kaleigh recommended I join them in the hallway for a better view, and once again the chimps of Chimps Inc. took me aback. We observed Jackson diligently filing his nails with a large OPI nail file for at least 10 minutes, occasionally glancing up to check himself in Rachel’s phone. In that moment, I realized Jackson truly was glamour.

It’s occurrences like these that seem to bridge the divides formed by anthropocentric and speciesist thinking. However, making an effort to garner support for chimpanzees through anthropomorphism isn’t sustainable and perhaps even harmful in the long run. After all, in a perfect, post-humanist, post-speciesist world, we’d dignify chimps not because they are glamour (or our closest extant relatives), but because they too perceive, feel, and experience the world.

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Hakon B., Intern