Why the Court Should Free Happy

Inside Sources (2022)
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Abstract

Should the law recognize an elephant’s right to be released from solitary confinement? The New York State Court of Appeals—the highest court in the State of New York—will consider this question on May 18. At issue is an Asian elephant named Happy. But happy she is not. Every human being has a right to bodily liberty because they have strong interests that this right protects. Since Happy has the same strong interests, the Court should recognize Happy’s right to be freed from solitary confinement.

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Gary Comstock
North Carolina State University
Adam Lerner
Rutgers - New Brunswick

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