Appellate Court Grants New Hearing in Tommy Chimpanzee Rights Case

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department has scheduled for oral argument the Nonhuman Rights Project’s appeal on behalf of captive chimpanzee Tommy.

At the hearing—scheduled for the January 2017 Term (exact date TBD)—a panel of five …

Nonhuman Rights Project Wins Absolute Right To Appeal In Chimpanzee Kiko’s Case

-Hearing scheduled for February 2017 in Manhattan, NY-

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department has affirmed the Nonhuman Rights Project’s absolute right to appeal from a lower court’s Jan. 29, 2016 refusal to issue a writ …

Nonhuman Rights Project Expands Mission and Work Beyond the Courtroom

The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) issued the following media alert today:

NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT EXPANDS MISSION AND WORK BEYOND THE COURTROOM

-As chimpanzee cases enter their latest phase and preparation for first elephant lawsuit nears completion, new NhRP staff are

New Petition Filed on Behalf of Kiko in New York

New York, NY On Nov. 1, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in New York’s First Department appellate court, seeking to compel a judge of that court to grant Kiko his …

New Court Appeal Filed on Behalf of Tommy in New York

New York, NY – On Oct. 28, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a new appeal in Tommy’s case with the Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. The appeal comes in response to the New York County Supreme Court’s …

Tommy: A Missing “Thing” Who Should be a Missing “Person”

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He didn’t ask for it, but Tommy has been a celebrity for much of his life.

In the 80’s, he starred alongside Matthew Broderick in the film Project X.

Later, he was a well-known circus performer in upstate New York.…

Update: Hercules and Leo Call to Action

Good news! The Fannin County Board of Commissioners voted last week to grant the Project Chimps sanctuary a permit to operate in Fannin County, Georgia.

This means that nine of the 220 chimpanzees living in captivity at the New Iberia …

Call to Action: Send Hercules and Leo to Save the Chimps NOW

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The future of captive chimpanzees Hercules and Leo is now uncertain: it may be years before they find sanctuary.

Their well-being is at stake.

That is why the Nonhuman Rights Project is calling on all Hercules and Leo supporters to

Letter from NhRP President Steven M. Wise re: Hercules and Leo

The first anniversary of the offer of Save the Chimps—a spectacular chimpanzee sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida—to accept and maintain our clients, Hercules and Leo, for the rest of their lives, and at no cost to anyone, is upon us.…

Interview with Kevin Schneider re: Tommy, Kiko, Hercules & Leo

In the last month we’ve posted a number of important updates regarding our lawsuits and advocacy on behalf of captive chimpanzees Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo. I talked to NhRP Executive Director Kevin Schneider to find out more about what’s

Documents Filed in Kiko’s Appeal

Kiko Appeal Filed Manhattan

On May 17, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed its appeal in Kiko’s case in New York’s First Appellate Division in Manhattan.

Before filing the appeal, the NhRP twice moved the court to allow us to file an oversized brief; our …

Nonhuman Rights Project Chimpanzee Clients Hercules and Leo to Be Sent to Sanctuary

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following press release today:

Nonhuman Rights Project Chimpanzee Clients Hercules and Leo to Be Sent to Sanctuary

Following litigation brought on behalf of Hercules and Leo and a campaign to win their freedom, they

Comment re: Hercules and Leo: Dr. Ken Levy

Dr. Ken Levy, Associate Professor of Law at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, recently submitted a comment to the board of the University of Louisiana System—of which the New Iberia Research Center is a part—urging the release of chimpanzees …

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 …