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November 21, 2020 - UPI

USA: Appellate court hears landmark case of lonesome elephant at NYC zoo

USA: Appellate court hears landmark case of lonesome elephant at NYC zoo
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An animal rights group is wading further into a court fight on Thursday, hoping to persuade a three-judge panel to rescue a 49-year-old Asian elephant by moving it from a New York City zoo to a sanctuary in Tennessee.

The landmark case, filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), argues that the elephant -- named "Happy" -- has endured many years of injustice and solitary confinement at the Bronx Zoo and should be relocated.

The group, which advocates fundamental rights for nonhuman animals, says Happy is a legal "person" with a basic right to liberty.

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