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Chimpanzee Robby’s circus wins German court battle to keep him

Animal rights groups were disappointed with the ruling and repeated their call for a nationwide ban on wild animals in circuses.

BBC NEWS: ‘A legal and ethical drama has come to an end over whether Robby the chimpanzee should live out his years among people or fellow apes. Robby, who is in his forties and born in a zoo, has spent most of his life with German circus ringmaster Klaus Köhler and his family. Animal rights groups have for years called for his rehabilitation among other apes in a specialist sanctuary. But a court’s 2015 decision to move him from the circus has been overturned.

Klaus Köhler of Circus Belly appealed to a higher court in the northern state of Lower Saxony, arguing that that any move would be tantamount to a death sentence for Robby. The court in Lüneburg agreed that handing him over was unreasonable at such a late stage in his life. Chimpanzees live up to 40 years in the wild and into their fifties in captivity… Animal rights groups were disappointed with the ruling and repeated their call for a nationwide ban on wild animals in circuses’. SOURCE…

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