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:
For the last two years, Academy Award-winning movie maker D.A. Pennebaker and Oscar nominee Chris Hegedus have been following the work of Steven M. Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project for their upcoming movie “Unlocking the Cage”. This Op-Doc video is adapted from the movie.
NhRP President Steven M. Wise answers some of the questions we’ve been receiving in the last few days — like “Why can’t a humane society just go in and rescue those poor chimpanzees?”
Renowned author and journalist Charles Siebert writes about the Nonhuman Rights Project for this week’s cover story in the New York Times Magazine. Siebert accompanies attorney Steven Wise as he drives to the used trailer lot where Tommy the chimpanzee is being held in a dark shed. He attends the many meetings where the legal team is [...]
In January, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed notices of appeal in each of our three cases on behalf of chimpanzees in New York State. We filed them in three separate appellate courts according to where the original lawsuits were filed. Tommy’s appeal was filed in the Third Judicial Department; Kiko’s appeal was filed in the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]