Judge denies legal request to grant elephants personhood

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has denied a petition by an animal rights group to grant personhood to three elephants in a traveling 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 to bring the petition and there was no precedent.
The Nonhuman Rights Project says it’s reviewing the decision.
The zoo says it properly cares for its animals.
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This story has been corrected to show the group is seeking personhood for the elephant, not parenthood.

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