The case of andra-orangutan-declared-a-pe-899018745.html">Sandra Orangutan, who still languishes in the Buenos Aires Zoo, continues to be a mystery. Below is an update from Steven Wise, who heads the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP; for more on Sandra, please see also, and). Clearly, many others, including myself, jumped on the bandwagon based on an incredible global media blitz, assuming the case of Sandra was signed, sealed, and delivered. It is not and remains rather murky.
I've been asked the following questions by a number of people, and now the answers to these questions, based on discussions with Mr. Wise and others, appear to be more firmly established.
1) Is Sandra still in the Buenos Aires zoo? Yes 2) Does anyone know if and when she will leave the zoo and go to a sanctuary? No 3) Does the action taken on her behalf mean that the zoo has to release her to a sanctuary? No 4) Is the case of Sandra sort of like window dressing and her status under Argentine law really has not changed? It appears the answer may be "yes." It's possible that the lower court could end up taking some kind of animal welfare action, cruelty perhaps. And, even this step could take a long time.