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Planet of the "non-human persons" - Sandra the orangutan finally tastes freedom

By Claire Mansell - 22 Dec 2014

A Court in Argentina has granted Habeas Corpus to an Orang-utan named Sandra. Habeas Corpus (which means "you have the body") is an ancient remedy which requires a detained person to be brought before the court at a specific date and time. It is usually used as a means of liberating someone from unlawful detention.

In this case, Sandra's lawyers successfully argued that she was a "non-human person" with rights and that she had been unlawfully deprived of her freedom (she was in a zoo). The Court ordered that Sandra be released from the zoo to an animal sanctuary.

It's unclear whether the New Zealand Courts will adopt this approach.


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