In case you thought “Planet of the Apes” was fiction, a court in Argentina has decided that you are mistaken.
The court ruled that an orangutan has the same right to freedom as a human being after a group of lawyers called Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) filed a writ of habeas corpus.
The orangutan in question, Sandra, is being held in an Argentinian zoo. After hearing the lawyers’ argument, the court ruled that Sandra is a “non-human person” with rights.
“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,” AFADA lawyer Paul Buompadre told La Nacion newspaper.