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Court Rules an Orangutan is a ‘Person’


(1 min Audio Report – Faith2Action)


A court just ruled that an Orangutan in an Argentine zoo in a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom.

A habeas corpus petition challenging the “imprisonment” of “Sandra” the orangutan in the Buenos Aires zoo was upheld and the landmark court ruling could open the door not just to the orangutans, but to more lawsuits.

Two similar cases were rejected here in the U.S: “Tommy” the chimpanzee in New York, and a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lawsuit which tried to free five whales in a San Diego water park.

The Argentine zoo biologist Adrian Sestelo said, “When you don’t know the biology of a species, to unjustifiably claim it suffers abuse…is to humanize animal behavior.”


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