Elephants Have Equal Value to Humans, India Court Rules

India has a strange relationship with animals. On one hand, an Indian high court has ruled that an elephant is a “living creature equivalent to a human being.” On the other hand, the £6,850 in compensation for her death by automobile was awarded to the Indian that owned Babli the elephant and used her to support his family by providing scenic tours through Jaipur to as a professional mahout.

Note that, unlike most U.S. stories about animals, nowhere in the article is Babli referred to as “it.”