From now on, wild animals are subject to law in Ecuador: this is what the country's court decided, which extended the rights of nature to all its species with unprecedented protection. This was decided after a monkey named Estrellita, when she was only one month old, was snatched from her natural habitat and kept illegally as a pet for 18 years, then kidnapped by the proper authorities.
Its previous owner had launched a petition demanding that Estrellita be returned to him, but the court ruled that both the person and the authorities had violated the animal's rights. The new Ecuadorian law said: "Wild species and all their individuals have the right not to be hunted, fished, caught, harvested, extracted, held, held, trafficked, traded or traded as well as have the right to the free development of their behavior.
animal that includes the guarantee of not being domesticated and not being forced to assimilate characteristics or appearances imposed by human beings. " Environmental lawyer Hugo Echeverría at a press conference, added: "Although the rights of nature were enshrined in the Constitution, prior to this decision it was not clear whether individual animals could benefit from the rights of nature and be considered rights holders as part of nature."
Tanzania: one of the oldest rhinos in the country has died
In Tanzania, the Rajabu rhinoceros, born in 1979 in the Ngorongoro nature reserve, died at the age of 43.
This happened in Serengeti National Park, an area where elephants, zebras, leopards, buffaloes, lions and black rhinos can be seen. The news was given by the Tanzania National Parks organization which shared the official press release on Twitter.
The conservation status of the black rhino is critical due to poachers and the international trade of its horn, as well as the destruction of its natural habitat.
Worldwide there are only 5,000 specimens of black rhinos, of which 87% live in Namibia, Kenya and South Africa.
It would appear, according to what the park staff has told, that all of Rajabu's family were quite long-lived. His father, Faru John, was 47 when he died in 2015.