Judge tells animal rights group: Elephants are not persons


The Associated Press

via CTV News (Canada) - December 28, 2017


HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut judge has denied a petition by an animal rights group to grant personhood to three elephants in a travelling petting zoo, calling the request "wholly frivolous."


The Nonhuman Rights Project sued in November on behalf of elephants at Commerford Zoo, based in Goshen. The group wanted the elephants released to a natural habitat sanctuary.


The group says elephants "have a sense of self, remember the past and plan for the future, engage in complex communication, show empathy, and mourn their dead."


The judge said in his decision released Tuesday that the group had no legal standing...