October 24, 2019
Special counsel Joe Wilson
was mentioned in the Courthouse News Service
article “Elephant to Stay in Bronx Zoo During Fight Over Her Rights.” The article describes an October 21st
hearing in Bronx Supreme Court on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus to remove Happy, an elephant at The Bronx Zoo, to a purported elephant sanctuary. The Nonhuman Rights Project (NHRP) filed the petition on Happy’s behalf, alleging that elephants should be entitled to the right to bodily liberty like humans because elephants are autonomous creatures and that Happy’s confinement at The Bronx Zoo deprives it of that right. NHRP is an animal rights organization seeking to establish that animals should have legal person status and a right to bodily liberty for a wide variety of animal species, including elephants and chimps, by bringing habeas corpus lawsuits in jurisdictions throughout the country. In asking the Court to accept the amicus brief submitted by Kelley Drye on behalf of a coalition of firm clients, Wilson summarized various policy reasons why the Court should not grant to animals legal person status or a right to bodily liberty for habeas corpus purposes. Proceedings in the case will resume Jan. 6, 2020.
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