Judge Grants Writ in Case of Elephant Personhood

Judge Tracey A. Bannister of the Orleans County Supreme Court in New York state recently granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus for a Bronx Zoo elephant suing for personhood, Forbes reports. The legal team for the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) helped to secure the writ on behalf of Happy, a 47-year-old pachyderm who has been isolated at the zoo since 2006. NhRP has previously asserted personhood for chimpanzees, a move that was ultimately shot down in a New York appeals court. The court has scheduled a hearing for Happy’s case Dec. 14.

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