Animal Rights. Asking For Freedom For An Orangutan At Buenos Aires Zoo

Animal Rights. Asking For Freedom For An Orangutan At Buenos Aires Zoo
Ignacio Zara

Animal Rights. The Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) appealed to free Sandra, a female orangutan at Buenos Aires zoo, arguing that this animal is a “person” although not human.

Animal Rights. Asking For Freedom For An Orangutan At Buenos Aires Zoo

Sandra, the orangutan. Photo on AFADA Facebook

“The term ‘person’ is not a biological concept, it is a philosophical concept to which we turn to the Courts understanding that there is a situation of illegal deprivation of freedom of this not human person,” Paul Buompadre, the lawyer who chairs AFADA, said.

However, the peculiar request was rejected by the Courts, which held that Sandra does not have the same rights as people but she is subjected to the regime of private property. Anyway, they ordered that the situation of Sandra was investigated.

The “habeas corpus” is a legal institution covered by Argentina Constitution, which seeks to avoid arbitrary arrests and detentions.

In Argentina, there is a history of other legal actions brought in Courts in the provinces of Córdoba, Black River, Santiago del Estero and Entre Ríos, in favor of primates living in zoos.
AFADA also received collaboration of the American NGO Nonhuman Rights Project, chaired by Steve Wise, one of the main leaders of this type of judicial resources.

Nonhuman Rights Project mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Their first cases were filed in December 2013.

Of course, they will keep on trying to achieve Sandra’s freedom and her subsequent relocation to a ‘shrine’ of large primates.

What do you think? Tell us your opinion! Sandra is from Sumatra and she is locked in the zoo about 20 years.

Animal Rights! Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!

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