A bear named Chucho has been granted a writ of habeas corpus in Colombia in a landmark case that is encouraging lawyers who are fighting for animal rights elsewhere.
“Personhood for nonhuman animals is an inevitability. It’s not just coming. It’s here,” said the president of the US-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), Steven Wise, who has been battling for the rights of nonhuman animals for decades.
The judgement in favour of Chucho, which was issued in Bogotá on July 26, follows a similar ruling in Argentina in the case of a chimpanzee, Cecilia, who spent years living in seclusion in a cage in Mendoza Zoo.
Judge María Alejandra Mauricio ruled in November last year that Cecilia was a nonhuman legal person who possessed the right to be free.The judge ordered Cecilia’s transfer to a sanctuary in Brazil, “where her fundamental legal rights can be respected”.
On April 5 this year, Cecilia arrived…
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