Over the last few years, a legal fight has been going on in New York State between those who support animal welfare and those who subscribe to the animal extremist ideology. The negative outcome of this case would have had a devastating impact on animals across the country.
The case was repeatedly brought to court by Steven Wise and the NonHuman Rights Project (NhRP) Wise was attempting to give Happy the Elephant, who has lived for 44 of her 45 years at the Bronx Zoo, human status and claimed she was being held illegally as a prisoner. This is not the first attempt by Wise, NhRP, and other animal extremist groups to award personhood to animals and remove them from human care.
Brief Summary of New York State of Appeals Opinion by Chief Judge DiFiore
State of New York Court of Appeals Opinion, prepared by Chief Judge DiFiore opens with the following:
“For centuries, the common law writ of habeas corpus has safeguarded the liberty rights of human beings by providing a means to secure release from illegal custody.