An elephant should not be held in a zoo. That’s what the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) says. It’s an animal-rights group.
The NhRP is taking the Bronx Zoo to court. The zoo is in New York City. An elephant named Happy lives there. She’s lonely, the NhRP says. The group wants Happy moved to a sanctuary . She’ll have more contact with other elephants.
The NhRP says Happy is an intelligent animal. She passed a mirror test. It’s given to see if an animal can recognize itself, like a person does. Because of her intelligence, the NhRP says Happy should be set free.
But the Bronx Zoo says Happy is well cared-for. And removing her could be a mistake, some say. At zoos, kids can form a connection to elephants. That makes zoos important for animal conservation .
Jodi Gibson is president of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. “Our greatest hope is for people to want to protect and preserve these beautiful animals,” she says.