Three Elephants In Connecticut Just Got A Lawyer To Push For Their Liberty & “Personhood”
Three elephants in Connecticut could redefine what it means to be an animal in America.
They’ve lawyered up.
Beulah, Karen, and Minnie have spent their life entertaining humans at traveling circuses and fairs. They now live at the Commerford Zoo.
A group called “The Nonhuman Rights Project” has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the elephants demanding “recognition of their legal personhood and right to bodily liberty.”
The NRC claims the zoo has been found in violation of meeting the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act more than 50 times
Stephen Wise is the group’s president. He says, “We’re asking the court to release them to PAWS ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary, where their right to bodily liberty will be respected.”
The group is trying to get a viral campaign going online to help win the elephants’ freedom. They’ve created a toolkit for supporters to post on social media.
Newsweek reports the legal motion cites multiple scientific experts. The group contends that elephants are self-aware, autonomous beings capable of expressing empathy towards others, thus making them legal persons.
No comment so far from the zoo.
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