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Notice of Appeal Filed in Hercules and Leo Case

By Michael Mountain

The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed a Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, from a decision and order in “Hercules and Leo” case on August 5, 2015, denying a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Meanwhile, Stony Brook University indicated at the end of July that it would no longer experiment on Hercules and Leo and we are deep in negotiations with Stony Brook and with Hercules’ and Leo’s “owner” the New Iberia Research Center to settle the case and have Hercules and Leo transferred to Save the Chimps or an appropriate member sanctuary of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. We’ve made clear that if Stony Brook attempts to move Hercules and Leo to any place other than one of the aforementioned sanctuaries, we’ll immediately seek a preliminary injunction to prevent this move pending the outcome of all appeals (as we succeeded in doing in Tommy’s case last year).

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