New York Appellate Court Holds Hearing in Happy the Elephant Habeas Case

The New York Court of Appeals held a hearing on the Nonhuman Rights Project’s petition that an elephant named Happy should be released from the Bronx Zoo through a habeas corpus proceeding and rehomed to a reputable sanctuary. The Court of Appeals is New York’s highest court and became the highest court in an English-speaking jurisdiction to hear a case demanding the extension of legal rights to a nonhuman animal. A ruling is expected in 6-8 weeks.