Ecuador becomes first country to give legal rights to wild animals

Ecuador becomes first country to give legal rights to wild animals – Ecuador, in South America, has become the first country to recognise the legal rights of individual wild animals and has created history by doing this when the world is battling climate change and exploitation of animals.

  • The court has applied the rights of nature — laws that recognise the legal rights of ecosystems to exist and regenerate — to an animal, a woolly monkey named Estrellita.

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Estrellita case

  • one-month-old Estrellita was taken away from the forest illegally and was kept as a pet for 18 years.
  • local authorities seized Estrellita and she suffered a sudden cardiorespiratory arrest and passed away.

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