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Orangutans are “Persons” in Argentina

A court case involving Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan in Argentina may have ramifications for other apes, or even other non-primates. An animal rights group filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Sandra, alleging that her rights were being violated by her confinement at the Buenos Aires Zoo.

In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person”.

The zoo has ten days to file an appeal. Otherwise, Sandra will be transferred to a primate sanctuary in Brazil. Sandra has been at the Buenos Aires Zoo for twenty years, and usually tries to avoid contact with the public. A similar case in New York involving a chimpanzee ended with a ruling that chimpanzees are not “persons” with human rights. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

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This complex seems to be a kind of "drawing the line" problem. Place every living being in a line from complex/intelligent for example human/primates... to non-complex/non-intelligent such as mycoplasma , viruses ... then draw a line defininig one as non-human person with personal rights and and the other as non-human-non-person not having any rights...

I wouldn’t even touch this conmplex with a barge pole, as you would surely end up defining bacon-, beef-, and chicken-rights, continuing with vegetable and mushroom right... or ending at the other extreme ...

Anyway, a single orangutan having "primate" rights, finally denies creationism in argentinia, at least legally.

Just be waiting for other non-human persons of other species and non-human robot persons... I look forward to the future...
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Well, why don't we just return all the enslaved animals back to their native habitat? Just let them go and fend for themselves.

We can call it the Keiko act.
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Why do us humans think we have the right to enslave other beings anyway? She is not living a life she would choose, I am thankful for those people who are fighting for her rights.
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