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

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 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.…

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 …

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 …

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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NYC Supreme Court at 60 Centre St. (Djmutex/Wikipedia)

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 …

Update on Hercules and Leo Order to Show Cause

This afternoon Judge Barbara Jaffe amended yesterday’s ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE & WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS by striking out the words “& WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS” from the title of her Order. This case is one of a trio of …

Judge Recognizes Two Chimpanzees as Legal Persons, Grants them Writ of Habeas Corpus

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

BREAKING NEWS

First Time in World History Judge Recognizes Two Chimpanzees as Legal Persons, Grants them Writ of Habeas Corpus

April 20, 2015 – New York, NY – For