Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Could this landmark animal rights ruling spell the end of zoos?



My piece from today's Daily Express.

IT'S a landmark judgment that could mark the beginning of the end for the world’s zoos.
It could also potentially lead to thousands of animals held in captivity being released into the wild. 
A court in Argentina has ruled that a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan called Sandra – who has been in captivity in a Buenos Aires zoo for 20 years – is a “nonhuman person” and entitled to more freedom after an animal rights group filed a writ demanding her release. 
“This opens the way not only for other great apes but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks and scientific laboratories,” Paul Muompadre, the lawyer for Afada, the organisation that brought the legal action, told reporters. 
Subject to any appeal Sandra will be on her way to a nature sanctuary in Brazil. 
The repercussions of the case could be enormous as it is likely to encourage other animal rights groups to bring similar actions....

You can read the whole article here 

1 comment:

Phillip Hattingh said...

Release zoo kept animals back to the wild ! , feel good text that will motivate thousands of "extinction anxiety" armchair animal welfare followers to sign petitions in support. Realistically - releasing zoo kept animals into the wild is signing a death warrant for them.