Happy and the Law

The lawyers could not bring their client to court because she was too large.

The legal team, under the direction of Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), brought an order of ‘habeas corpus’ (unlawful imprisonment) on behalf of their client, Happy the Elephant.

Happy, a 47 year old Asian elephant, had been captured as an infant, and was being held captive at the Bronx Zoo. She had been showing signs of depression since her mate, Grumpy, had passed away.

Lawyers were making the argument that Happy should be granted legal personhood. Writs of ‘habeas corpus’ generally apply to humans, but the legal team argued that Happy should be granted ‘personhood status’, which is the capacity to bear legal rights.

After a great deal of legal debate and appeals, Happy lost her case to be transferred to an animal sanctuary in December, 2020, and remains at the Bronx Zoo.

Judge Alison Tuitt stated that Congress, rather than the Bronx Supreme Court should be involved in deciding the personhood of Happy, and other non-human animals. And thus, we should not be surprised at ongoing political efforts, and lobbying, with the goal of granting personhood status to animals.

Animal Liberation activists maintain that humans and animals have equal moral worth.

We all know, however, that, pre-born human beings have no legal protection under the law.

We can be sure that God sees the sinful and bizarre developments which occur when people attempt to decide which living beings have legal rights, and which do not.

God sees. God knows. God will act, in His time.

Photo by Magda Ehlers

18 thoughts on “Happy and the Law

      1. “For if you cry for discernment, lift [with courage] your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear [reverence] of the LORD, and discover the knowledge [gnosis/communion] of God.” – Proverbs 2:3-5

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  1. Thank you Sally. God will certainly act in His time, but consider the fact that God had to become one of us. He had to mature to thirty years of age. He had to begin His ministry. He had to call disciples into ministry and train them. He had to then anoint all of His followers with His Holy Spirit and send them into the world to preach the Gospel. These people had to fulfill their callings and also train the next generation of believers. They did an excellent job of it all. There is thus a direct connection between why the “civilized” world has reached this present state of chaos, sin, and weirdness and the efforts of Christianity in general. If the originals could essentially convert the Roman Empire we have no excuse. That is an excellent passage from the book of Romans but Paul wrote Romans in the late 50s AD. He was writing about that time, not our present time. They did something about their time. We must do something about our time.

    Blessings to you. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks so much for this comment, RJ. So true, ‘We must do something about our time’. May God strengthen us, and show us how to work to further his Kingdom. 🤗⚘

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    1. So true, Alan, thanks. It is human pride, and presumption that says that the scriptures are ‘out of date’. God is the same, yesterday, today, and always. He is the great : ‘I am’. 🤗⚘

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    1. I fully agree with you. Let us pray that this day comes soon.
      It is encouraging to see so many young people supporting the rights of the unborn.
      Thanks. 🌼🤗

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