Indonesia’s Selfie-Snapping Monkey Naruto is PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’

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Indonesia’s Selfie-Snapping Monkey Naruto is PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’

The photo back then went super viral.

Indonesian monkey named Naruto got worldwide recognition after it clicked a selfie and sparked the US copyright case issue. The monkey who is a crested black macaque is now declared as “person of the year” by PETA. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which is a renowned animal rights group said that they are honoring Naruto. In the year 2011, the monkey had pressed the shutter button while staring right into the lens of a camera. The whole set up was done by British nature photographer David Slater on the Sulawesi islands.

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The photo back then went super viral and PETA launched a lawsuit to declare Naruto as the author and owner of this picture. “Naruto’s historic selfie challenged the idea of who is a person and who is not and resulted in the first-ever lawsuit seeking to declare a nonhuman animal the owner of the property, rather than being declared property himself,” PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

The same led to international debate among legal experts. David said that he owned the rights as he had set up the tripod and camera. The photographer won the first hearing but PETA appealed to higher court. The case was finally settled on an agreement that slater would donate 25 percent of any future revenue from using monkey selfies to protect the habitat of monkeys in Indonesia.