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Ringling Brothers is finally freeing its elephant performers. It’s not nearly enough.

March 10, 2015 Washington Post

Ringling Brothers Elephants

Elephants are some of the most cognitively complex and social nonhuman animals that we know of: they are adept tool users, self-aware, and cooperative problem-solvers.

Natalie Prosin

Natlie Prosin MPP '07, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project in Washington, DC writes about why elephants should be classified as “legal persons” who have the capacity for basic fundamental rights.

Ringling Brothers is finally freeing its elephant performers. It’s not nearly enough.