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Happy the Elephant in her enclosure at the Bronx Zoo. Photo: Gigi Glendinning

The question of where the 49-year-old elephant, Happy, should live—in the Bronx Zoo or at a 2,500-acre sanctuary in Tennessee—is intertwined with the history of the age-old writ of habeas corpus, her advocates are arguing as her case comes to life again in the New York courts.

Her advocates now include Harvard Law professor and constitutional scholar, Laurence Tribe, along with a group of 12 American and Canadian philosophers. Her primary benefactor and counsel of record is the Nonhuman Rights Project, a Florida-based nonprofit that defends “nonhuman animals” and that, for three years now, has argued in state court that Happy can only be happy if she is sent to the sanctuary, where she can bond with other elephants and roam with them for miles a day.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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