Is this elephant legally considered a person? A non-profit animal rights organization says yes and now hopes to help free an elephant from New York’s most notorious zoo.
The New York Court of Appeals will decide whether the pachyderm will be moved to a much larger sanctuary at the request of the group. This could potentially open a huge door for even more legislature regarding basic human rights extended to animals. This could also include your own pets.
Non-profit group fights free elephant
ABC says the Nonhuman Rights Project hopes to break Happy the elephant out of what they call a “one-acre prison” at the Bronx Zoo. The NRP’s argument is that Happy became the first elephant to pass a self-awareness indicator test in 2005. ABC says Happy was able to repeatedly touch a white “x” on his forehead with his trunk.
Happy was born in Asia in the early 1970s and later transferred to the Bronx Zoo in 1977. Zoo officials say Happy lives in a large area of the facility that provides all of her species’ needs to live a life. long and healthy. . The zoo accused the PNR of “blatant exploitation” of the elephant in an attempt to advance their “coordinated agenda”.
However, NRP lawyers say no matter how badly Happy appears to be treated, she deserves the right to “bodily liberty” under habeas corpus. If they can prove in court that she is, in fact, a person, then they say she should be released.
The same group fought over a chimpanzee that may have links to the HV
ABC says the NRP attempted to prove the animals are humans in the state’s lower courts, but did not prevail. One case includes a chimpanzee named Tommy, who some sources say was born in Amenia in the 1980s. According to their website, Tommy was found in a used trailer lot in Gloversville in the 2000s.
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