I will soon be blogging from Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, to be precise). More about that soon. While in Rio, here‘s a case I’ll be following:
Jimmy is a 26 year old chimpanzee who has spent several years alone in a cage, where he’s on exhibit at a zoo in Niterói, Brazil, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. Just last week, animal protection groups filed a motion to have Jimmy released on grounds of Habeas Corpus, arguing that he is being denied his rights to freedom of movement and to a decent life, in Rio’s Criminal Court. The Great Ape Project and some other concerned folks filed the suit. Apparently, this is not the first time such a suit has been filed. In 2005, some groups brought a Habeas suit on behalf of a chimp and won. Sadly, the chimp (whose name was Switzerland) died the day before he was to be liberated.
Filed under: animal advocacy, animal ethics, animal law | Tagged: animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal law, animal rights, animal suffering, animal welfare, Brazil, chimpanzees, chimps, Great Ape Project, habeas corpus, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, zoos |