PETA Ruins Mans Life Over This Ultra-Rare Monkey Selfie

Animal rights organization People for The Ethical Treatment for Animals has earned its reputation as a ridiculous, hypocritical organization, and now it’s ruining a man’s life over a selfie of a monkey.

British nature photographer David Slater, who owned the camera that a monkey used to take pictures of itself, is reportedly broke and unable to represent himself in perhaps the most ridiculous case the courts have ever heard.

The story goes all the way back to 2011, when Slater was in Indonesia photographing a group macaques.

Slater reportedly worked extensively with the monkeys to get them to look into the camera lens and press the shutter. During one shooting, one monkey grabbed the camera and snapped its own photographs, the U.K. Telegraph reported.

Naturally, the images went viral.

They also became the subject of a complicated legal battle in 2014 when Slater asked Wikipedia and blog Techdirt to stop using the images without his permission.

Wikipedia refused, claiming Slater did not own the photo since he did not take it, the U.K. Telegraph reported.

Photos: Wikipedia
 These two monkey “selfies” are the subject of a court battle pitting a photographer against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The image on the left is one of the most famous “selfies” in the world.

Not much came of the dispute, until recently when PETA decided to become involved because, apparently, nonhuman animals have rights, too.

PETA sued both Slater and the company that published his book “Wildlife Personalities,” on behalf of the monkey, claiming the monkey owned the photograph the book used on its cover and deserved all proceeds from the self-published book.

In 2016, a federal  judge ruled against the organization, claiming that animals were not covered by copyright laws. PETA appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments on the case on Wednesday.

Slater is reportedly so broke from the legal wrangling that he cannot afford to attend the first hearing of the court. He cannot even afford a car. He’s even thinking of becoming a tennis coach or perhaps a dog walker just to make some money, the The Telegraph reported.

What a mess.

PETA is asking the court to allow them to administer the proceeds of “monkey selfie” sales for the benefit of the macaque monkeys, without compensation to PETA. Yeah, right.

Apparently, PETA cares for the ethical treatment of animals, except human animals.

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Source: PETA Sues Man for Publishing Monkey Selfie, Claims Monkey Deserves Money

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