Nature is currently recognised as a subject of law by the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008. However, animals have yet to be given the legal status they deserve despite the fact that it has been scientifically proven that animals have the capacity to express their feelings and empathise, whilst inhabiting an environment alongside human beings on a day-to-day basis. We must take into consideration that there is currently no Animal Protection Law in place in Ecuador but neighbouring countries, such as Colombia and Peru, do have one. The project of Organic Law of Animal Welfare (LOBA) will be able to raise awareness for the defence and rights of animals and consequently reform art. 585 of the Ecuadorian Civil Code, in which animals are considered to be objects that move by themselves. These changes could eliminate animal cruelty and make sure that people think carefully before any act that could produce pain for these vulnerable creatures.
Hernández Bustos, M. B., & Fuentes Terán, V. M. (2018). La Ley Orgánica de Bienestar Animal (LOBA) en Ecuador: análisis jurídico. Derecho Animal. Forum of Animal Law Studies, 9(3), 108. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.328