The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) has filed a Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals directly with the Court of Appeals in the case of Kiko the chimpanzee.
On January 2, 2015, the intermediate appellate court hearing Kiko’s first appeal declared that he could not use the common law writ of habeas corpus to obtain his release from detention in a cage in a cement storefront to a sanctuary in Florida because habeas corpus cannot be used to change conditions of confinement rather than the confinement itself. On January 15, 2015, the NhRP filed a motion seeking permission from that court to appeal to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, on the ground that the decision directly conflicts with two centuries of New York decisions. On March 20, 2015, the intermediate appellate court denied the NhRP’s motion. On April 10, 2015, the NhRP then sought permission to appeal directly from the Court of Appeals. A decision is expected before June.
We will post updates as soon as we have them.
To view and download the legal documents filed by the NhRP, click here.