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:
The intelligence of elephants and their ability to comprehend the world around them continues to astound scientists. It was recently discovered that elephants have a specific rumble for “human” and an “alarm” for bees. And now we’re learning that the elephants living in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park can distinguish between the voices and languages of [...]
Scientists have known for some time that elephants have calls and rumbles denoting specific “words” and “phrases.” The well documented “let’s go” rumble is among the many aspects of elephant language already understood by scientists. But new research, published in Plos One, confirms that elephants have a call to alert each other to “humans;” and, [...]
Study after study continues to show elephants are intelligent, self-aware individuals who possess a tremendous sense of family, empathy and community. So much evidence has accumulated that even mainstream scientific publications are starting to take notice. In his recent Scientific American article “The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter than We Realized,” Ferris Jabr [...]
How do you tell an elephant it’s time to leave the watering hole? Apparently you use a "let’s go" rumble. As published in Bioacoustics, a study led by Dr. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell reveals how elephants use “conversations” consisting of rumbles to communicate, among other things, when it’s time to leave. Dr. O’Connell-Rodwell and her colleagues used [...]
A team of scientists recently discovered that chimpanzees are capable of using gestures to successfully relay information to humans about the location of hidden objects. An experiment conducted at Georgia State University’s Language Research Center* showed that the chimpanzees Panzee and Sherman, who were both raised by humans, possess the ability to use a variety [...]
The lives of chimpanzees who are used as “actors” underscores the need for the Nonhuman Rights Project and our efforts to gain basic legal rights for nonhuman animals. The stories of Chance and Choppers depict the lives that chimpanzees used for entertainment must endure. Chance “co-stars” as the “pet” of the Leonardo DiCaprio character in [...]