Continuity with our species does not provide any protection at all. This is because the evolutionary process cannot confer any value on humans — or any other species.
What is the nature, and extent, of animal intelligence?
“Synteny refers to how well chromosomal sequences from different species align with one another.”
Venema seems much more interested in pursuing longstanding debates with intelligent design and with certain ID proponents.
The point here isn’t to prevent abuse, if it exists. We have animal-welfare laws for that.