Animal Rights Group Demands Court Declare an Elephant a Person, But Killing Babies in Abortions is OK

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 24, 2020   |   6:55PM   |   Albany, New York

An animal rights group wants a New York state appeals court to declare an elephant to be a legal person under the law.

Meanwhile, unborn babies in New York have no rights or freedoms, and abortions are openly celebrated.

Western Journal reports Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, recently asked the court to rule in favor of “Happy” the elephant so that she can be transferred from the Bronx Zoo to an animal sanctuary in Tennessee.

Wise argued that Happy is a person who deserves basic freedoms under the U.S. Constitution, according to the report.

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However, the judges were skeptical of Wise’s arguments, asking if declaring an elephant a person would mean she would also have the right to vote.

“Why wouldn’t she have all the rights of a person once we decide she’s a person?” Judge Ellen Gesmer asked.

“Because there’s no such thing as having all the rights of a person,” Wise replied. “There’s many different kinds of persons, and they have different kinds of rights.”

Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo, said Happy is well taken care of, and his staff is dedicated to ensuring her well-being.

The case presents a disturbing contrast between how New York – and some animal rights activists like Wise – treat the rights of animals compared to those of unborn human babies. While the Nonhuman Rights Project does not have an official position on abortion, Wise appears to support it.

“There are many reasons to support the argument that a woman should have the legal right to an abortion,” he once wrote.

But this so-called right to an abortion destroys another person’s rights – a unique, living human being growing inside his/her mother’s womb. Wise made a good point that some human beings do not have certain rights, such as the right to vote. However, the “right” to abortion is unlike all other rights because is an absolute. It irreversibly destroys another human being’s right to life – and all potential future rights that the baby could have.

In New York where Happy’s case is being argued, unborn babies may be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. In 2019, state lawmakers even celebrated after they passed a law expanding late-term abortions and removing protections for unborn babies who are victims of non-abortion violence.

All across America, nearly 900,000 unborn babies are denied their right to life every year when they are killed in abortions. More than 62 million unborn babies have been aborted in the U.S. since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.