Jane Goodall: Release Hercules and Leo to Sanctuary (VIDEO)

For over 60 years, Dr. Jane Goodall has been an extraordinary force for good for chimpanzees—helping millions of people better understand them, working tirelessly to protect their habitats, and serving as a powerful voice of opposition to their exploitation.

In …

UPDATE: Progress for Hercules and Leo

New Orleans, LA—The Nonhuman Rights Project is beginning to make progress in getting captive chimpanzees Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps sanctuary from the prison that calls itself the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC).

Now that a new …

Call to Action: Please Help Us Get Hercules and Leo to Sanctuary

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The Nonhuman Right Project is calling on all Hercules and Leo supporters to please contact the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, and the Interim President of the University of Louisiana System. 

The message is simple: “Please send Hercules and

NhRP Legal Team Meets in New York City to Discuss Elephant Habeas Corpus Case

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New York, NY – The Nonhuman Rights Project legal team met for two days in Manhattan on March 3rd and 4th to discuss the upcoming habeas corpus lawsuit the NhRP is planning to file later this year on behalf of …

NhRP President Steven M. Wise to Speak in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Behalf of Imprisoned Chimpanzees Hercules and Leo

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NhRP President Steven M. Wise will tour Louisiana on March 9th and 10th to deliver a series of talks to universities about NhRP clients Hercules and Leo and our fight to have them sent to sanctuary at Save the Chimps.…

Update: Tommy

Photo Credit: Chris Hegedus

Photo Credit: Chris Hegedus

We have just learned that Tommy—one of the four captive chimpanzees on whose behalf we first filed suit in New York State in Dec. 2013—was moved some months ago to a roadside zoo in Michigan.

Our …

New York Supreme Court Judge Denies Kiko’s Second Habeas Corpus Bid

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You may recall that, on July 29, 2015, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe refused to discharge Hercules and Leo after issuing an Order to Show Cause. While Justice Jaffe agreed with much of the NhRP’s argument, she stated she …

NhRP Re-Files Habeas Corpus Case on Behalf of Kiko in New York

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The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a lawsuit on January 7, 2016 in the New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan) in which we again demanded that Kiko the chimpanzee be released from captivity pursuant to a common law …

New York Trial Court Denies Tommy’s Second Bid For Freedom

On December 23, 2015, New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe declined to issue the order to show cause requested in the Nonhuman Rights Project’s second habeas corpus petition on behalf of Tommy the chimpanzee “to the extent that …

NhRP Re-Files Habeas Corpus Case on Behalf of Tommy in New York

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The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a new lawsuit on December 2, 2015 in the New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan) in which we again demand that Tommy the chimpanzee be released from captivity pursuant to a common …

Open Letter and Petition Demand Sanctuary for Hercules and Leo

Open Letter to Governor Bobby Jindal, Dr. Sandra Woodley, President of the University of Louisiana System, and the People of Louisiana from Steven M. Wise, President, Nonhuman Rights Project

Please help Hercules and Leo.

Hercules and Leo are nine-year-old chimpanzees …

Statement Re: NY Court of Appeals Decision to Deny Motion for Leave to Appeal in Tommy’s and Kiko’s Cases

Statement by Nonhuman Rights Project President Steven M. Wise regarding the New York State Court of Appeals decision to deny its motion for leave to appeal in both Tommy’s and Kiko’s cases

“While disappointed in the Court of Appeals’ decision …

Notice of Appeal Filed in Hercules and Leo Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed a Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, from a decision and order in “Hercules and Leo” case on August 5, 2015, denying a petition for a …

That’s One Small Step for a Judge, One Giant Leap for the Nonhuman Rights Project

That’s one small step for a judge, one giant leap for the Nonhuman Rights Project in its fight for the fundamental rights of nonhuman animals; Judge Jaffe decides the Hercules and Leo case

On July 29, 2015, New York County …

Update on Hercules and Leo

BREAKING NEWS: The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) has become aware that Stony Brook University has indicated it will no longer exploit Hercules and Leo in experimentation. We applaud Stony Brook for finally doing the right thing. We have made it …

New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following press release today:

New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

July 30, 2015 – New York, NY – New York County

‘Key. Out.’: Steven M. Wise Comments on Interview with Hercules and Leo’s Chief Jailer

I write this sitting in an apartment off Avenue de Claude Bernard in Paris, where I am living for a week. Claude Bernard was a famous nineteenth-century physiologist and notorious vivisector of nonhuman animals whose abuse of them in search …

Transcript of the Hearing re. Hercules and Leo at the Supreme Court

Here is the transcript from Hercules and Leo’s habeas corpus hearing on May 27th in the New York County Supreme Court with Justice Barbara Jaffe presiding. For more on the NhRP’s lawsuit on behalf of Hercules and Leo, visit their …

“The Nonhuman Rights Project Has Arrived”: Steven M. Wise on Recent Shows of Support for the NhRP (and the Opposition)

I have long been concerned that the Nonhuman Rights Project’s messages of liberty, equality, and justice for self-aware, autonomous nonhuman animals who are entitled to fundamental rights was not spreading as broadly or rooting as deeply as the NhRP might …

The Center for Constitutional Rights Submits Amicus Curiae Letter Brief in Support of the Nonhuman Rights Project

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)—a leading legal advocacy organization on issues of civil liberties and human rights—submitted a Letter Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the Nonhuman Rights Project’s Motion for Leave to Appeal to New …

Media Coverage: Hercules and Leo’s Court Hearing

On May 27th in New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan, NY, the Nonhuman Rights Project argued that, based on principles of liberty and equality, chimpanzees Hercules and Leo should be granted the right to bodily liberty and released from …

Judge Calls Arguments on Rights of Chimpanzees ‘Extremely Interesting and Well Argued’

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following press release this evening:

Judge Calls Arguments on Rights of Chimpanzees ‘Extremely Interesting and Well Argued’

May 27, 2015 – New York, NY – At a hearing today in a New York County

New York Attorney General Responds to NhRP’s Petition for Habeas Corpus and NhRP Replies

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Attorney General of New York filed two documents in the Hercules and Leo chimpanzee case. The first document is a response to our petition for habeas corpus along with a motion to move the …

Media Alert: NY County Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in “Hercules and Leo” Chimpanzee Rights Case filed by NhRP

WHAT: New York County Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in First-of-its-Kind Hearing in “Hercules and Leo” Chimpanzee Rights Case filed by Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
10:30 am Eastern Time

WHERE: New York County Supreme Court, …

New Location for May 27th Hearing in Hercules and Leo’s Case

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UPDATE: Justice Barbara Jaffe has moved the location of Hercules’ and Leo’s upcoming hearing—in which Stony Brook University must appear in court to give a legally justifiable reason why they are …