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Sher Tremonte Demands Public Disclosure of Happy the Elephant’s Medical Records

On September 9, 2019, Sher Tremonte attorneys Allegra Noonan, Justin Sher, Justin Gunnell, and Noam Biale, filed an Article 78 Petition on behalf of In Defense of Animals (“IDA”) seeking medical and other records concerning the care of two elephants, Happy and Patty, housed at the Bronx Zoo. IDA is challenging the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s claim that the Wildlife Conservation Society is not subject to New York’s Freedom of Information Law because it is not a government agency.

IDA’s petition arises from concern that the elephants, which are highly social creatures, have experienced health problems as a result of being housed alone at the Bronx Zoo.

Ms. Noonan was interviewed by News 12 about the case. Read more about this case here.