Ecuador’s High Court Rules That Wild Animals Have Legal Rights

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Takeaways:

  • Ecuador’s top court has ruled that wild animals have legal rights.
  • It is the first time a court has applied the right of nature- laws that recognize the legal rights of ecosystems to exist and regenerate.
  • Wild animals have the right not to be hunted, fished, captured, collected, extracted, kept, retained, trafficked, marketed or exchanged and have the right to the free development of their animal behaviour.

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