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.