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A judge has ruled that a zoo chimpanzee is a "being" with "non- human rights " in a landmark animal welfare case.
Cecilia, in her 30s, has been kept alone in a concrete enclosure for years at the shabby Mendoza Zoo in Argentina after the death of two of her mates.
But after complaints from a Spanish visitor, sparking a two-year legal wrangle, Judge María Alejandra Mauricio ruled Cecilia be freed and transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil.
Judge Mauricio said non-human creatures possessed rights related to their "animal essence" .
Cecilia will be moved to the Great Ape Project's sanctuary in Brazil, where the chimp will be able to socialise with other chimpanzees and live in humane conditions.
She was popular with visitors to Mendoza Zoo, which is notorious for keeping its residents cooped up in cages, but had been left alone with only a blanket for cover.
Her only companions Charlie and Xuxa died some years ago, leaving sad Cecilia to mope around her pen alone.
originally posted by: seasonal
The chimp won his non human rights.
Hope they can afford it, If not what happens to the emancipated monkey?
And all this from a Judge who is used to putting humans behind bars