ARGENTINE COURT RULES CAPTIVE ORANGUTAN HAS HUMAN RIGHT TO BE FREE

December 22, 2014

An orangutan in an Argentine zoo will be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court ruled the ape as a “non-human person” who has been unlawfully deprived of its freedom.

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The Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights filed a habeas corpus petition (a document usually used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment), arguing that Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan, has sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. 

Featured photo: Natacha Pisarenko | AP

Story photo: AFP/Sutanta Aditya

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