The cantonal appeals Court of Basel ruled a planned referendum on granting fundamental rights to life to non-human primates is valid.
This is an historic desision that joins the sentence of a judge in Argentina that decided chimpanzee Cecilia should be released from Mendoza Zoo as well as orangutan Sandra that was confined in Buenos Aires zoo.
On the other hand, in France, actress Nathalie Baye, primatologist Sabrina Krief, the former head of the MEDEF (Business Movement of France) Laurence Parisot and the Councilman of Paris Yann Wehrling, launched an appeal for the great apes be considered non-human persons and to establish an exclusive legislation for them.
Source. Proyecto Gran Simio