The founder and president of an animal rights group who is also one of its attorneys in seeking to remove three elephants from a Connecticut petting zoo says he will not be deterred by a Connecticut Appellate Court ruling that didn’t go his way Friday.

“We look forward to seeking further review of this decision in the Connecticut Supreme Court, and we feel both hopeful and confident that it will accept our request as a matter of law and justice,” said Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, in a statement issued on its website. Wise is now seeking to have the state Supreme Court review the Appellate Court ruling rejecting a habeas corpus petition, which would have paved the way for freeing the animals.

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