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A case brought by animal activists that claims an elephant is “jailed” by a New York zoo is currently before New York’s highest court.

The elephant, named Happy, is a “cognitively complex non-human animal” that should be released from the Bronx Zoo and transferred to a sanctuary, according to The Nonhuman Rights Project.

More than two dozen New York judges have already ruled against Happy and similar cases, the Bronx Zoo said in December after the case was dismissed by a lower court. But The Nonhuman Rights Project is now celebrating the New York Court of Appeals decision to hear the case.

“This is the first time in history that the highest court in any English-speaking jurisdiction will hear a habeas corpus case brought on behalf of someone other than a human being,” said the Nonhuman Rights Project in a press release. The group called it a “historic elephant rights case”.



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