The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that Happy the Elephant is not entitled to fundamental human rights.
The Nonhuman Rights Project argued that Happy should be granted the rights a person and should be transferred from the Bronx Zoo to a sanctuary. However, the state’s highest court rejected that argument in a 5 to 2 decision.
“The fact remains that Happy deserves to live freely and with peace and dignity in the vastly larger, more natural environment of a sanctuary designed to respect elephant autonomy,” the Nonhuman Rights Project said in a statement.
Happy has been at the Bronx Zoo since 1977.
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