A Connecticut appeals court is set to hear arguments in the case of an animal rights group that is trying to free three elephants from a petting zoo by winning them the rights of "personhood."
The Nonhuman Rights Group alleges elephants Beulah, Minnie and Karen are being detained illegally in "deplorable" conditions at the Goshen-based Comerford Zoo and wants them moved to a natural habitat sanctuary.
The Coral Springs, Florida, group is appealing a lower court judge's ruling that denied its request to grant the animals the same rights as humans. Three judges of the Appellate Court are scheduled to hear arguments Monday.
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The Commerford Zoo has not responded to messages seeking comment and has not filed a brief in the case.