The Progressiveness of Animal Rights in Brazil

newspaper article

People here and in the US often think that the US is ahead of most of the world in regards to animal rights, but the progressiveness of Brazil was part of the reason for deciding to create a sanctuary here.

We talk about the costs of rescues, and this $13,000 tax was just part of the larger figure. Thankfully, the judge decided it was not something that needed to be paid partly because the judge viewed Ramba as a ‘guest’ and not property.

Many thanks to the judge for seeing Ramba for who she is and for helping to shift the view on recognizing elephants as beings and not things. And thanks to our pro bono lawyers who are constantly working to help our elephants. 

Btw, Ramba is good this morning. She spent another night out and about in the habitat and was found at the pond this morning, already covered in mud. 

October 28, 2019


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    Carol says

    all great news!!! so glad!!!

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    Kelejan says

    Good for Brazil. You are not in business to make a profit as I know every cent/penny is spent on the elephants. And I am sure that every cent/penny donated has already had tax paid on it.

    It irks me that political donations are far less taxed and it annoys me very time I get a solicitation that says if you donate $400 you only pay $75. My income is below the tax line and when I donate money it is because I really, really want to donate to our elephants.

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    Sheila says

    Praise the Lord?, The Judge has GREAT foresight? Yes RAMBA? is a Guest, God thru Global Elephants ETC, helped her get a lovely ???Jungle after so many years of brutality and NO freedom, Used as a slave for humans? BLESS ?RAMBA. SHE JUST LOVES HER MUD AND POND! SHES A BUSY LADY?❤️???

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    Carey says

    WOW that is wonderful, to be working with representatives of the law who think like that, maybe set precedents … so much easier to work in such an environment. I actually think that South America is way ahead in the nonhuman or animal rights thinking, these landmark rulings keep being made to the benefit of captive animals particularly apes and elephants as a starter. I expect the Nonhuman Rights Project would be interested in this ruling. Also very much thanks to the lawyers , hours of legal work and paperwork is a great gift.

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    Debbie Sides says

    She is another spa girl and her mud masks suits her. Must feel so good now to be able to give herself a full day of beauty every day.

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    Carey says

    omgoodness I didn’t realise that was Ramba asleep in the Eden, wow, she must be so relaxed, again bring tears to my eyes, what a photo, and so soon …

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    CyrAnn says

    That’s fantastic news for elephants!!!!!
    And big thanks to the lawyers doing this, BRAVO to you all.
    And so wonderful seeing Lady Ramba relaxing at the SPA!!!!!!!!

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    Jean Tryon says

    This photo of newly rescued Ramba, totally trusting as she takes a nap is just… the best! So glad you posted this. A poignant reminder that the life of a captive animal [circus, zoo, whatever] is SO WRONG. Granted that rescued or severely endangered animals are best when living in a sanctuary, it behooves us to save this planet and all living things on it. Bless GSE for all you do.

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    Barb Wilson says

    Outstanding recognition of elephants as “guests”! Let this be the beginning of more such decisions. Fabulous pic of Ramba resting in pure tranquility ❤️?❤️?❤️?

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    Sherry says

    That judge is smart and has common sense too!!!! Ramba feels secure because she now knows she is in a safe place and loves
    it and it shows. GSE, a great big squeezable hug and kiss from me!

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