Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Flash! Orangutans now equal to corporations!

In landmark ruling, orangutan granted legal ‘person’ status in Argentina

BY JOSHUA BARAJAS, PBS

A court in Argentina has ruled that an orangutan was entitled to some basic rights as a “non-human individual” and can live in a partially free primate sanctuary, local media reported Sunday.

Animal right lawyers argued that Sandra, held in captivity for 20 years in Argentina, was being illegally detained in the Buenos Aires Zoo and had proven cognitive abilities that didn’t allow her to be classified as a “thing,” Reuters reported.

In November, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights, AFADA as it is known by its Spanish acronym, filed a habeas corpus on behalf of the 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan, which challenged the legality of Sandra’s detention. Sandra was born at Germany’s Rostock Zoo and was then transferred to the Buenos Aires Zoo in 1994.

The court agreed that Sandra was a “person” with certain rights and is allowed to be transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil where she can enjoy greater freedom among other primates. The Argentina zoo has 10 days to appeal, The New Zealand Herald reported.

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