History is full of examples of men and women who had sacrificed lives, victims of a system that oppressed them, and who They fought through thick and thin so that their violated rights were finally recognized. Sometimes these martyrs have died without being able to enjoy in life what their struggle later left as a legacy for other people who suffered similar harassments. What is distinctive about this story that we present this time is that the protagonist is not a person. Or if. You decide that. We will tell you the sad story of Sandra, the orangutan "person " who had a happy ending.
This week, the orangutan Sandra arrived at the sanctuary in Florida, United States, called Center for Great Apes (Center for Great Apes). There he will live the rest of his life after a long journey that had begun a month earlier in Buenos Aires, Argentina..
After a journey of more than 20 hours by land, Sandra arrived at the Center for Great Apes accompanied by veterinarian David Murphy. The doctor reported that Sandra "she traveled very quietly, she was able to eat well "And " drink water ". In addition, she highlighted her curious nature: "She was always interested in looking out the windows ".
- Who is Sandra, the world's first orangutan "person "
- Argentine Justice and a unique fact: an animal with human rights
- Sandra's journey
- What is Sandra's new habitat like
Who is Sandra, the world's first orangutan "person "
Sandra was born on February 14, 1986 at the Rostock Zoo, Germany. Although we do not have much information about his childhood, the only confirmed data already marks the design of sadness that would mark his life. Her mother rejected her.
Thus, poor Sandra grew up in solitude until 1995. At the age of nine, It was sold to the Buenos Aires Zoo.
Already in Argentina, Sandra repeated another chapter of her sad story, and it was she who rejected her own brood. She lacked maternal instinct. Therefore, the small newborn orangutan had to be transferred to another zoo in order to survive..
Argentine Justice and a unique fact: an animal with human rights
After 30 years of life in captivity, animal rights activists took up Sandra's case. The context favored them. As in many places on the planet, the Buenos Aires zoo began a transformation process to free the animals that had only lived behind bars.
For this reason, the work of an association of animal rights lawyers raised the transfer of Sandra. And he had a help that had never before occurred in any country on the planet. For this reason, Sandra is a case study worldwide. Sandra He was the first and only great ape in the world declared "non-human person " by Justice.
What does "non-human person " mean for Argentine justice? Implies that Sandra is a subject who feels and can - and should - have her own legal representatives. In this way, it stopped being "a thing " to be "a living being ". As a subject who feels, the Justice ruled that his captivity and exhibition violated his rights. It didn't matter that Sandra was fed and treated cruelly by her keepers at the zoo. The judge of the case was forceful: Sandra had to be relocated to a sanctuary along with other specimens of her species. Thus, develop your life in a real state of well-being.
Judicial times are almost never the same as those needed by victims. Therefore, despite the decision of the judge, three years passed and several judicial twists and turns until Sandra's transfer was finally decided.
The Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) wanted the protagonist of the story to will travel to the Sanctuary of Sorocaba, in Brazil.
However, Judge Elena Liberatori decided that the sanctuary "Center for Great Apes " was more suitable., in United States.
This is how Sandra, with his 33 years and 53 kilograms, got on a plane to land in the US. And after a period of adaptation of almost a month, he finally made it to his new home..
What is Sandra's new habitat like
Sandra's brand new home is located in rural Wauchula, a wooded and humid region in the south from United States.
The center works with orangutans and has great experience in the physical and cognitive requirements that these primates have. Actually, 21 orangutans of different ages and origins are the new companions Sandra's coexistence.
All the animals that live in this place are rescued from circuses, from the entertainment industry or the misnamed "mascotism ", which forces wild animals to live together under human norms that violate their rights.
The different enclosures at the Center for Great Apes provide plenty of room for running, climbing, and are tall for apes to swing. In addition, they have outdoor spaces with a large number of structures creepers, vines, tubes, culverts, and enrichment devices. An ideal place for the sad story of Sandra, the orangutan "person ", to have a happy ending.
Founded in 1993, the Great Ape Center is a 486,000-square-meter jungle complex. Therefore, being located between the thickness of trees and plants, Gives orangutans the ability to be away from cameras and the stressful sounds common to family, child, tourist, and school visits.
The Center for Great Apes is a non-profit institution. It is only financed through donations. On its official website, this foundation explains that you can "adopt a monkey" in a symbolic way for $ 25 a month. With this money, the donor contributes to the care of the animal, its medical care and its diet. Calculations indicate that the cost of living of each ape is around $ 20,000 per year.