The Nonhuman Rights Project is unlike any other organization in the world. We are the only group fighting for actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.
Hundreds of organizations say they work for “animal rights.” But the only animal with legal rights is the human animal. No other animal has any rights at all.
In Western law, every nonhuman animal has always been regarded as a legal “thing.” Only humans are viewed as legal “persons.”
We begin by seeking two kinds of fundamental rights for our nonhuman plaintiffs: bodily liberty and bodily integrity. (Do not confuse these fundamental rights of nonhuman animals with so-called “human rights.”)
There are three criteria that determine how we select plaintiffs:
By the end of 2013, the Nonhuman Rights Project will have launched the first in a series of lawsuits that demand that American state high courts do the following:
As soon as we started filing our first three lawsuits last week, we were deluged with media interest from around the world. Here are just a few links to some of the hundreds of reports: The New York Times noted that our actions "added a milestone to a year that has already been remarkable for [...]
Tuesday Dec. 10th: Yesterday, we completed the first round of court proceedings on behalf of the four chimpanzees in New York State – Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo – whom we’re seeking to have released to sanctuaries. There are three lawsuits. (Hercules and Leo are together for one of the three petitions we filed since [...]
Hello, All. We’d been planning to update you every day this week since we filed the first lawsuit on Monday – on behalf of Tommy the Chimpanzee. But we’ve been overwhelmed by the response, especially from the media. We’ve been contacted by radio and TV stations not just in the U.S. but from around the [...]
Our plaintiff did not walk into our office; he couldn’t. He is being held captive in solitary confinement in a small, dank, cement cage in a dark shed in temperatures 40 degrees below his native land. Our plaintiff is a chimpanzee named Tommy. Day in and day out Tommy lives a life of isolation in [...]
This morning at 10.00 E.T., the Nonhuman Rights Project filed suit in Fulton County Court in the state of New York on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee, who is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot in Gloversville. This is the first of three suits we are filing [...]
The Nonhuman Rights Project’s first series of lawsuits are being filed on Dec 2nd, 3rd and 5th in New York State. The press release is available as a pdf here. The court filings on behalf of Tommy on Monday December 2nd 2013 are as follows: