Animal rights activists fight for the release of captive elephants in landmark case

Are animals entitled to the same rights as humans? This is the question at the heart of a groundbreaking legal battle to free an elephant named Happy from captivity at the Bronx Zoo. Stephen Wise, an expert on animal rights, explains the basics of this struggle in this powerful video. For centuries, non-human animals have been considered ‘things’ rather than ‘persons’ with rights. But in the last few decades, scientists have begun to understand the complexity and autonomy of animals like elephants and chimpanzees, and the question of their rights has become a deeply important ethical and policy issue. Join the fight for Happy’s freedom and learn about the struggle for animal rights in this must-see video.

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