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Feel Good Sunday: Judge Declares Chimp Has Rights And Must Be Freed From Zoo

Story By Stephen Messenger as published on The Dodo

“In this current climate of chaos and lack of moral fortitude it is extremely difficult to stay centered, on point and positive about anything, it seems.  Election fatigue and fear for the future of this once great country is beset upon all of us and simply laughing at a story about goofy equine antics just might not be enough to snap us out of this funk on Feel Good Sunday, today.  So with that being said, we are going to give you something with a little bit of substance to it, something that you can wrap your heart around and perhaps give you a little bit of hope during this most bizarre and unprecedented time.

This story, below, may not have an equine as the principle actor but it most assuredly speaks to the fact that wild animals (including wild horses and burros) are not ‘things’ that can be used and abused at the twisted and perverted discretion of humans (BLM).  The reality of animals having the right to live wild and free in their native environments speaks to the very core of what Americans live and die for…freedom.  The time for us to practice what we preach is perhaps lone overdue; let’s make a difference.” ~ R.T.

Proyecto Gran Simio

Proyecto Gran Simio

Cecilia the chimpanzee has spent years living alone in a concrete enclosure at a zoo in Argentina — but that’s all set to change.

In an historic ruling this week, Argentine Judge María Alejandra Mauricio declared that Cecilia isn’t a thing, but rather a being who is “subject to nonhuman rights.”

She ordered that Cecilia be released from her barren home at the infamous Mendoza Zoo and sent to live among her own kind at a sanctuary.

Proyecto Gran Simio

Proyecto Gran Simio

The decision comes on the heels of an extensive case filed by the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) and the Great Ape Project (or Proyecto Gran Simio), some two years in the making. The NGOs had filed for a writ of habeas corpus on Cecilia’s behalf, arguing that the circumstances of her confinement without companionship were unlawful and that her health was deteriorating as a result.

Judge Mauricio agreed, stating in her verdict that nonhumans indeed possess rights related to their “animal essence,” and decreeing that Cecilia should be transferred to the Great Ape Project’s sanctuary in Brazil within the coming months — the first time a habeas corpus case for an animal has resulted in this action.

“We’re not talking about the civil rights enshrined in the Civil Code,” she told the journal Los Andes, “but instead the species’ own rights: to development, to life in their natural habitat.”

With that, Cecilia will soon go from this …

Flickr/Mario Gonzalez

Flickr/Mario Gonzalez

… to this — a lush sanctuary where she can finally be herself.

Proyecto Gran Simio

Proyecto Gran Simio

Pedro Terrados Pozas, executive director of the Great Ape Project, calls the ruling a “landmark judgment,” stating in a press release that it should pave the way toward better treatment for animals in general. And perhaps it soon will.

Interestingly, Judge Mauricio’s ruling also included a request that officials in Mendoza take necessary steps to improve conditions for all the animals who will remain at the zoo after Cecilia departs.

In closing her verdict, the judge went on to summon the words of philosopher Immanuel Kant, asking they be kept in mind:

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

11 replies »

  1. More releases like this are needed.
    BTW please look for palm oil in all products and refuse to buy them. Palm oil trees are replacing native trees and causing the deaths of orangutans.

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  2. “We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston


  3. Please Read this: Katen it states has to supply the horses with 18 months of hay and feeds or enough money has to be proven to care for them 18 months or ALL these horses impounded will be Shipped to Processing plants. If you have definitive proof that says ptherwise please let me know however they say they are going to processing if they Do not show proof. This shows how embedded pro slaughter tries to be in the fate of all horses. Answers why Susan Humphries aka horse killer online SUSANMEANSSILLY name was involved as well. I want justice Not Death for these horses. I am not sold on its the Only option for such a large number of horses. So Karen needs to hustle up that hay and or money bc these dont Deserve to be processed. A fate worse than Hell.


  4. Victory! Captive Chimps Listed as Endangered
    June 15, 2015

    In a victory for chimpanzees, wildlife officials have announced that both wild and captive chimpanzees will be protected equally as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    Even though wild and captive chimpanzees are obviously members of the same species, until now they were protected differently depending on where they lived.
    They were protected in the wild as endangered under the ESA in 1990, but their captive counterparts were listed as threatened, which exempted them from the same protection that their free-living relatives received.

    In 2010, a status review was prompted by a petition filed by several organizations seeking to have captive chimpanzees reclassified. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just announced it has finalized a rule that will upgrade them to endangered ending the unique “split-listing” that has divided them.

    In 2010, a status review was prompted by a petition filed by several organizations seeking to have captive chimpanzees reclassified. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just announced it has finalized a rule that will upgrade them to endangered ending the unique “split-listing” that has divided them.

    Now advocates for this species are applauding the change and are hopeful that it will bring much needed awareness to their plight, in addition to restricting actions that harm them.

    “This change shows that many people are finally beginning to understand that it is not appropriate to subject our closest relatives to disrespectful, stressful or harmful procedures, whether as pets, in advertising or other forms of entertainment, or medical research. That we are beginning to realize our responsibilities towards these sentient, sapient beings, and that the government is listening,” said Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which was one of the co-petitioners.

    Less protection for captive chimpanzees has allowed us to continue to exploit them in entertainment, as pets and in biomedical research.


  5. Robert Redford Signs Petition Urging Obama to End Horse Slaughter
    Equine Advocates, Inc. just posted an update on the petition, Barack Obama: Obama/Biden: End the Slaughter of America’s Horses

    Nov 06, 2016

    Robert Redford, a life-long horse lover, has been publicly against equine slaughter for a long time – which is why we are so honored to have his support for this petition appealing to President Obama and Vice President Biden to end this cruel and unethical practice before they leave office.

    In 2013, Redford wrote an eloquent letter for Equine Advocates in support of the American Equine Summit…


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