A legal first for elephants, a hearing for our elephant client Happy
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FROM

Nonhuman Rights Project
November 2018

For the second time in United States legal history and the first time anywhere on behalf of an elephant, a judge has issued a habeas corpus Order on behalf of a nonhuman animal.

For the second time in United States legal history and the first time anywhere on behalf of an elephant, a judge has issued a habeas corpus Order on behalf of a nonhuman animal and scheduled a hearing to determine whether she must be released from her imprisonment.

On Dec. 14th in Albion, New York, our elephant client Happy will have a habeas corpus hearing on the merits of our arguments that the Court must:

  1. Recognize her fundamental right to bodily liberty.
  2. Order her immediate release from the Bronx Zoo.
  3. Transfer her to an elephant sanctuary where she can meaningfully exercise her autonomy to the greatest extent possible, including having the opportunity to live and interact with other elephants.

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