Animal Rights Gone Wild

Sandra, the Orangutan

Sandra, the Orangutan

Here’s your quote for the day:

If they (the animal-rights movement) established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animal.

Instead, it would be a utilitarian nightmare in which the strong would destroy the weak, in which power-crazed leaders would destroy everyone who loved peace, in which the wealth of this world would be concentrated in the hands of a murderous few, in which mercy would be unknown and the only virtue would be the ability to survive, in which the only right would be the right to die.

– C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Abolition of Man

 Now here’s your news story:

In what may be a first, an appeals court in Argentina has recognized a nonhuman as having basic legal rights. A Buenos Aires judge ruled in favor of advocates who are calling for more freedom for a 28-year-old orangutan who was born in a zoo.

The advocacy group filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on the orangutan’s behalf, which would require proof of a justified detention.

Wired reports: “On Friday, an appeals court declared that Sandra, who is owned by the Buenos Aires Zoo, is a ‘non-human person’ who has been wrongfully deprived of her freedom.”

In the ruling that was officially published Monday, the court says that by following a dynamic interpretation, “it is necessary to recognize that the animal is subject to rights, and should be protected,” the AP says.

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