Animal Rights Group Demands Court Declare an Elephant a ‘Person,’ Release It from Zoo

Animal Rights Group Demands Court Declare an Elephant a ‘Person,’ Release It from Zoo


A New York state appeals court is being asked to release an elephant from the Bronx Zoo by declaring it to be legally a person.

Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, is asking the Appellate Division of the state’s Supreme Court to grant “Happy” the Asian elephant freedom under habeas corpus, which would make her, legally, a person, according to the New York Post.

Wise wants the elephant transferred from the Bronx Zoo, where she has lived for more than 40 years, to a sanctuary in Tennessee as winter approaches.

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During a virtual hearing Thursday, one of the five judges wondered whether the step might lead to the animal having the right to vote, according to the Times Union of Albany, New York.

“Isn’t all this better suited for the Legislature to act on?” Judge Jeffrey Oing asked. “I’m very sympathetic to what you’re saying here, but I’m

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