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Join us for a conversation with the attorney who helped #FreeKaavan

By Mickey Suzuki

Please join NhRP Executive Director Kevin Schneider for a conversation with Owais Awan, the attorney who fought in court for freedom and sanctuary for Kaavan the elephant.

Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Time: 10 a.m ET/7 a.m. PT (check for your local time here)

In May 2020, the NhRP applauded a decision made by the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan that “without any hesitation” affirmed the rights of nonhuman animals and specifically ordered the release to sanctuary of an Asian elephant named Kaavan held in solitary confinement at the Marghazar Zoo. Chief Justice Athar Minallah’s decision, which relied in part on key decisions in the NhRP’s elephant rights cases, came about as a result of litigation brought by Owais Awan and Free the Wild, an organization co-founded by Cher.

We were honored to learn Owais’ efforts were in part inspired by our work, since a big part of what we seek to do is further a worldwide movement for nonhuman rights. Last November, Kaavan took his first steps into sanctuary.

How to join:

Meeting ID: 876 0669 4699

Join by PC:

Join by phone:

Dial +1 929 205 6099 (USA) or find your local number here.

We’ll post the recording on our YouTube channel afterwards for you to rewatch or share. If you have any questions you’d like answered by our guest, please feel free to email us ahead of time at You can also ask them live via the Zoom chat window.

For more on Kaavan along with the NhRP’s work globally, please head to page 27 – 29 of our 2020 Annual Report.

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