And in the times we live in, that says a lot. The verdict is in, apparently about the monkey selfie issue. If you aren’t familiar with it, check back to my other post about it. Anyway, both parties agreed to settle if the photographer agreed to giving 25% of future profits from the sale of the photo to a save the macaques in Indonesia fund.
Sounds fair, right? WRONG! This photographer doesn’t have to do anything with HIS photo profits. It was his camera. The monkey triggered the picture. The guy hits the once-in-a-lifetime jackpot for a super cool photo. This whole thing is because PETA, in all their stupidity, wanted in on the action by suing to get financial rights to the photo. In other words, PETA wanted money. But, here is where it gets even worse, if that’s possible. Check out this quote from the article: (emphasis is mine)
“Peta and David Slater (the photographer in question) agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal,” Slater and Peta said in a joint statement.
Rights to what? Do you honestly believe that this monkey (albeit smart enough to trigger a photo) gives one good flip about his “rights”? Do you honestly think that he sits home at night feeling cheated because he didn’t get any profits? Do you think he’s losing sleep over it? I highly doubt it. He’s just doing what he’s always done – eating, sleeping, pooping, playing and fornicating. Because, like it or not, HE’S A MONKEY! This was PETA – nothing more, nothing less. The photographer was probably forced by the lawsuit to agree to such a ridiculous statement or risk losing everything.
I think if PETA had won, I would have FLOODED the internet with the monkey picture, in the highest resolution possible, so that everyone would have access to it. That way, PETA would never see one dime of profit. But, at least with this agreement, the guy gets his 75% profit and 25% goes to the fund. Hopefully, PETA gets diddly squat.
Again, for those who think PETA speaks for animals, they don’t. PETA is out for money, they go after headlines. You don’t see them going after dog fighters, animal abusers or puppy mills, do you? Shrivel up and blow away, PETA. Leave the important fights to those who actually care.