In the BBC report, I liked Prof. Steve Jones' comment
"Rights and responsibilities go together and I've yet to see a chimp imprisoned for stealing a banana"
I continue to believe that while animal welfare is a good thing to campaign for, and I certainly agree with the UK decision ten years ago to put strict restrictions on what experiments are allowable on great apes (i.e. it is unethical to treat them as expendable for research), but trying to give individual rights as humans have is not justifiable.
In short, King Louie was wrong - An ape like him can't learn to be human too.