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 first request was denied but the second was granted on April 26. And on May 14, the Court granted our motion to have Steven Wise admitted pro hac vice to argue the case.
Here are the documents we have filed thus far in Kiko’s appeal:
Immediately after we filed the appeal, the Clerk of the Court informed us that we do not have a right to appeal, since the order we are seeking to appeal was the denial of an order to show cause. We maintain that we have a right to appeal Kiko’s case, and on May 27 we filed a motion with the court to appeal as of right, which you can review here. We expect a decision on this motion any day.
This is the first appeal filed in New York’s First Department by the NhRP. You may recall that in 2014 we filed an appeal on Kiko’s behalf in the Fourth Appellate Department of New York, which you can read more about here. NhRP has also filed appeals in the Third and Second Appellate Departments of New York.
Please watch out for updates soon, including a hearing date at the First Appellate Division in Manhattan.
For more info on Kiko’s case, visit his Court Cases page.