About Us

Mission, Goals and Values

The mission of the Nonhuman Rights Project is, through education and litigation, to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.

See the complete statement of Mission, Goals, and Code of Values of the Nonhuman Rights Project.


Articles and books by the Nonhuman Rights Project are here.

Board of Directors

Steven M. Wise, President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc., holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the United States and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Steve teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at several law schools and is the author of four books: Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals; Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights; Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery; and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River.

A fuller bio, including all his publications, is here.

Jane Goodall has been teaching the world about the culture and lives of chimpanzees since 1960. Her pioneering work with the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, changed the way in which people view chimpanzees and, subsequently, all other animals. Her research has forced humans to completely rethink how animals perceive the world, and how this correlates into how we treat them.

Jane’s efforts have expanded far beyond her early days as a lone field biologist. Today, she travels over 300 days of the year as an advocate for animal protection, conservation and environmentalism. She is the Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and of Roots and Shoots, in 1991 she launched Roots & Shoots, an environmental and humanitarian program for preschool through college-age students that now has over 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.

Gail Price-Wise is the founder and President of the nonprofit Florida Center for Cultural Competence, Inc., which trains health care providers to work more effectively with minority populations. She is a past President of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Alumni Council and a past President of the Harvard Club of Broward County.

Gail received her Master’s degree in 1986 from the Harvard School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. She has served on the board of Broward Healthy Start, and for ten years she oversaw projects at Management Sciences for Health, an international health agency. She also works as a consultant to small non-profits developing strategic plans.

The Team

Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

Kevin Schneider is the NhRP’s Executive Director.

Matthew Dominguez is the NhRP’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Sue Lee K. Troutman is the NhRP’s Director of Development.

Lisa Rainwater is the NhRP’s Campaigns Director.

Monica Miller is an attorney with the NhRP and leader of the Legal Working Group.

Elizabeth Stein is an attorney with the NhRP.

Sarah Stone is an attorney with the NhRP.

Lauren Choplin is the NhRP’s Communications Director.

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