What Is The Nonhuman Rights Project?

The Nonhuman Rights Project is unlike any other organization in the world. Why? Because we’re the only group working through the common law to fight for actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. The way our law currently categorizes nonhuman animals is wrong; it’s time for that to change.

The NhRP was founded in 2007 by attorney Steven M. Wise and is made up of dozens of smart, committed, and hard-working people from many backgrounds. We have come together for one clear purpose: to break through the legal wall that separates humans from nonhumans, thereby gaining legal “personhood” for nonhuman animals, beginning with some of the most cognitively complex animals on earth, including chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins, and whales.

These are complex individuals who have deep emotions, understand each others’ minds, live in complicated societies, transmit culture, use sophisticated communication, solve difficult problems, and even mourn the loss of their loved ones. Just like humans.

But they are still considered property, poached and taken from their natural habitats, separated and held against their will, subjected to cruel experimentation, exploited for entertainment, sold on the black market, and used, abused, and treated like objects for our amusement and financial gain. These experiences scar them for life. Only the law can stop it.

Yet the law affords them no rights, allowing humans to do with them whatever we want. This is illogical, unnatural, and unethical.

The Nonhuman Rights Project’s groundbreaking long-term strategic litigation campaign is intended to break through the legal wall that separates all humans from all nonhuman animals. Once this wall is breached, the first nonhuman animals on earth will gain legal “personhood” and finally get their day in court—a day they so clearly deserve.

Your help in this project is crucial to its success.

The Nonhuman Rights Project is based on a bold idea whose time has come. Please stand with us. Donate now to help end the suffering of animals at the hands of the law. Together we can make history.

Thank you for caring.

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