NYC Council Speaker Urges Bronx Zoo to Release Happy and Patty to a Sanctuary
July 10, 2019, New York, N.Y.—The Nonhuman Rights Project applauds New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson for his strong statement urging the Bronx Zoo to release elephants Happy and Patty to a sanctuary. As we have demonstrated in Happy’s ongoing elephant rights case with the support of world-renowned elephant experts including Joyce Poole and Cynthia Moss, it is impossible for the Bronx Zoo to meet the physical, psychological, or social needs of elephants. We call on all New York City officials and residents to follow Speaker Johnson’s lead, and we thank him for recognizing that Happy and Patty deserve the freedom, space, and opportunity for healing that only sanctuaries can provide to elephants traumatized by captivity in zoos.
To learn more about Happy’s court case, visit this page. To learn more about the NhRP’s grassroots advocacy campaign on her behalf, visit this page. NhRP staff are available for interviews to discuss the NhRP’s efforts to free Happy to a sanctuary.
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