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An Orangutan Gets a New Home for Christmas

By December 25, 2014October 10th, 2018No Comments

Argentina has set a worldwide precedent in the field of animal rights law. It is the first country to recognize a category of animals, in this case Great Apes, as having rights. Previously animals in Argentina were legally treated like chattel or property, similar to the way animals are treated under the law here in the U.S. To read more about this groundbreaking case brought on behalf of  Sandra the orangutan visit this link to: cnn.com. A heartwarming story of  a small legal victory just in time for Christmas. Sandra the Orangutan will be moved to a habitat appropriate for orangutan in her stage of development in an orangutan sanctuary in Brazil. There she will have partial or controlled freedom no longer confined as she was in the Argentina zoo for the past 20 years. The court granted her rights included the right to freedom, life, and the premise of no physical or psychological harm.