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Nonhuman Rights Project Fighting to Free Commerford Elephants

The Nonhuman Rights Project has been working on behalf of three elephants at the Commerford Zoo in Goshen , CT. The elephants Beulah, Minnie and Karen are forced to travel up and down the  US East Coast to perform under miserable conditions at state fairs and other such events. Often they are forced to give rides to children.  For ethical concerns and the safety of their children, parents should not expose their kids to direct contact with abused elephants. 

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Nosey the Circus Elephant

How a wild born elephant from Zimbabwe, traveling by air with 63 other orphaned baby elephants to Florida, where she is part of a misguided conservation attempt that failed after only two years, then being sold to a solitary confinement situation to an abusive family circus and finally ending up at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, is perhaps a fitting story with a happy ending for this last post at the end of 2018:

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Captive Elephant in Court

On October 3, 2018 Andrea Morris published a fascinating article in Forbes Magazine, entitled "Self-Aware Elephant Lawyers Up".  She describes the sort of HAPPY, a 47 year old female elephant in solitary captivity for more than 10 years at the Bronx Zoo and the efforts of the NhRP to have her transferred to a sanctuary. The Nonhuman Rights Project's legal  team, Jane Goodall and Sten Wise filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court for habeas corpus on behalf of Happy.

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Solitary Elephants in Japan

During  June, 2017, after visiting 14 Japanese zoos keeping solitary elephants, Dr. Keith Lindsay's* report Solitary Elephants in Japan, was published by Ulara Nakagawa's Elephants in Japan** organization. It was Ulara who first drew attention on her site to the tragic life of Hanako, an elephant who spent more than 60 years alone in a concrete prison at the Inokashira Park Zoo in Japan. The tragedy of her life soon received world wide attention. Alas, before improvements of her living conditions could be implemented, Hanako died on May 27, 2016.

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Help for captive elephants in Asia

Elephants are of immense cultural importance to most Asian countries and have been used for more than 8,000 years as "war machines", for transport, logging, religion, as status symbols,  performing  and for  capturing and taming wild elephants. Due to losing their traditional occupations, more captive elephants have to work in the ever increasing tourist trade. It is therefore not surprising that there are still 15,000 captive in Asia (as compared to 700 in Africa).

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