The Nonhuman Rights Project is unlike any other organization in the world. We are the only group fighting for actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.
Hundreds of organizations say they work for “animal rights.” But the only animal with legal rights is the human animal. No other animal has any rights at all.
In Western law, every nonhuman animal has always been regarded as a legal “thing.” Only humans are viewed as legal “persons.”
We begin by seeking two kinds of fundamental rights for our nonhuman plaintiffs: bodily liberty and bodily integrity. (Do not confuse these fundamental rights of nonhuman animals with so-called “human rights.”)
There are three criteria that determine how we select plaintiffs:
By the end of 2013, the Nonhuman Rights Project will have launched the first in a series of lawsuits that demand that American state high courts do the following:
Next time someone catches you telling a small fib, you can explain that it’s just part of your cooperative nature as one of the great apes . After all, you can truthfully add, that’s the conclusion of a team of researchers who studied the development of co-operative behavior in 24 different kinds of primates, from [...]
Steve Wise talks about how we can be confident, from a legal point of view, that a particular nonhuman being should be accorded certain basic legal rights. “The arguments I make, at least as a sufficient condition for rights is the idea of practical autonomy: that you can desire, that you can act intentionally, that [...]
Check out this great video of how elephants communicate. It was put together by Dr. Joyce Poole, co-founder of Elephant Voices and one of the world’s leading experts on elephant social behavior and communication.
A new study points toward the structural asymmetries, or lopsidedness, in human and chimpanzee brains, an evolutionary trait that allows for a high degree of flexibility and adaptability.
Steve Wise talks about proportionality rights for nonhuman animals – just as children and people who are deemed insane, for example, have rights that are proportional to their capabilities. (One of a series of interviews recorded by Gooseberry Productions.)
The remaining 61 “government-owned” chimpanzees slated to be retired from the New Iberia Research Center are going to have to wait until September before they are finally moved to their new home at Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA.