Orangutan Who Was Legally Granted Personhood Moves to Florida

November 8, 2019

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An orangutan considered a non-human person in Argentina has relocated to Florida, according to the Associated Press. Sandra, 33-years-old, moved into the Center for Great Apes on November 5. "She is very sweet and inquisitive," says the center's director. The center already has 21 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees that were either rescued or retired from stage shows, circuses and exotic pet trades. This is the first time she's seen other orangutans in 10 years. Sandra was granted personhood by a court in Argentina in 2015, which means that she was entitled to some of the same legal rights as humans. The judge in the case said, "with that ruling, I wanted to tell society something new, that animals are sentient beings and that the first right they have is our obligation to respect them."

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