Spain's socialist government introduced a measure to grant the equivalent of human rights to gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos. The law would recognize great apes as near humans and would protect them from mistreatment, and prohibit their use in circuses and scientific experiments.
Predictably the Catholic Church is opposed to the measure, claiming that it would denigrate human beings. I would contend that human beings, especially right-wing Christians, are already doing a fine job of denigrating the human race.
I'm still waiting for the Spanish government to ban the cruel and barbaric "sport" of bullfighting.