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Giving elephants the right to vote?


A strange virtual court case in New York State on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, left one judge wondering if it would lead to elephants having the right to vote. Apparently, a local animal-rights group is trying to have a 49-year-old Asian elephant in the Bronx Zoo declared a human, in order to have it released to a sanctuary located in Tennessee.

The Western Journal explains:

Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, is asking the Appellate Division of the state’s Supreme Court to grant “Happy” the Asian elephant freedom under habeas corpus, which would make her, legally, a person, according to the New York Post.

Wise wants the elephant transferred from the Bronx Zoo, where she has lived for more than 40 years, to a sanctuary in Tennessee as winter approaches.

During a virtual hearing Thursday, one of the five judges wondered whether the step might lead to the animal having the right to vote, according to the Times Union of Albany, New York.

READ: Animal Rights Group Demands Court Declare an Elephant a ‘Person,’ Release It from Zoo

I’m not sure what is going on in New York, but this is not the first time we have seen such a case. READ: Chimpanzees given human rights: NY Judge rules that two primates held at research labs are covered by same laws that govern the detention of people: Daily Mail

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