not really a story about animal rights but a step forward protecting the environment and maybe one day leading towards non-human rights for specific animals. Newzealand granted non-human rights to a river.
nice article by onegreenplanet.org about the topic
Great project by www.nonhumanrights.org
with the primary onjective “To change the common law status of great apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “legal persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily liberty and bodily integrity.”