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:
Research has revealed that chimpanzees share an evolutionary trait only previously seen in humans, the ability to empathize with other chimpanzees by duplicating their pupil size. Scientists believe that the involuntary matching of another individual’s pupil size reinforces social bonds and ultimately aids in a species’ survival. As published in Plos One, scientists from the [...]
It was chimpanzees versus humans. The game was simple. And it turns out chimpanzees absolutely smash humans when playing face-to-face game-theory computer games. In fact, the chimpanzees came close to equilibrium prediction levels – accurately predicting the correct answer statistically every time.
Tommy the chimpanzee is headed back to court. He won’t be there in person, but the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is appealing a December ruling of a lower court that denied him the legal right to “bodily liberty.” (Setting of new precedents is generally left to the higher courts.) You’ll recall that Tommy is one [...]
Here’s the video from The Colbert Report last night. All great fun, with Colbert, in classic form as the blowhard fundamentalist, telling Wise that “animals are animals, humans are humans, and never the twain shall meet, READ YOUR BIBLE!”
The State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department has entered two orders that favor the Nonhuman Rights Project in Tommy’s case.
Stand aside, Noah Webster. A new study has just created a “dictionary” for chimpanzee sign language. As published in Current Biology, scientists from the University of St. Andrews say they have “translated” the meanings of 66 distinct chimpanzee gestures. The scientists created the dictionary by studying 80 wild chimpanzees in Uganda. They examined over 4,500 [...]