The relevant sections were written with the help of the Community Environment Legal Defense Fund, a Pennsylvania-based organization that has helped communities seeking similar protections in fights against such non-eco-friendly developments as coal mining and factory farming. Though they didn't get a chance to vote on it, the sac-winged bat, the giant armadillo, the giant otter (pictured) and other endangered inhabitants of Ecuador can breathe a little easier now that they can have their day in court too.
- Read "Ecuador grants rights to nature" (Nature, September 29, 2008)
- Read a list of Ecuador's threatened and endangered species (AnimalInfo.org)
- Visit the Community Environment Legal Defense Fund
photo courtesy digitalART2, Creative Commons