NY: Happy the elephant is not a person, court rules

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Happy the elephant, a long-time resident of the Bronx Zoo, must remain there after a New York court ruled she is not legally a person under US law. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court voted 5-2 to reject an animal rights group’s argument that Happy was being illegally confined at the zoo. While elephants are ‘impressive,’ the court said, they are not entitled to the same liberty rights as humans. The animal rights group sought to have Happy moved to an elephant sanctuary. The court dispute centred on whether the legal principle of habeas corpus (which guards against illegal detention) should be extended to emotionally complex and intelligent animals.” (06/14/22)