Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Orangutan is granted the rights of a ‘non-human person’ in landmark case

Oliver Wheaton for Metro.co.ukTuesday 23 Dec 2014 9:33 am

An orangutan has risen above the rest of her species to be awarded the status of ‘non-human persons’ affording her new legal rights.

Sandra, a 29-year-old primate, has spent the last 20 years in Buenos Aires Zoo, however an animal rights organisation claim she should be treated as a ‘person’, not a ‘thing’ due to her intelligence.

In the landmark ruling, the courts granted Sandra basic human rights and determined she should not be held in a zoo, which experts say could open the floodgates to thousands of similar cases for animals in captivity.

Members of the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) have been campaigning for years to try and free Sandra from her lifetime of captivity.

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