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Nonhuman Rights Project
Gaining fundamental common law rights for nonhuman animals through litigation
Gaining fundamental common law rights for nonhuman animals through litigation

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So long as there are only “animal welfare” cases, these dismissals are never going to stop, for a fatal and inherent contradiction exists. Our statement on New England Anti-Vivisection Society V. United States Fish and Wildlife Service:

Via +WABE:

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Arthritis is common among captive #elephants—though you wouldn't know that from most of the reporting on this story.

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As ever, there are problematic exceptions (you'll see what we mean when you read the article). But passage of this bill shows public opinion on this and other important animal advocacy issues is evolving by the day—in ways that have real legal traction.

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Guess what! We're hiring for two brand-new positions:

Campaigns Director:

Director of Development:

Please share far and wide!

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"There was a Superior Court judge here today watching this movie. I saw her slip out the back a few minutes ago... So this information is getting out there to the right people."

We love this Q&A with attorney Bryan W. Pease from last month's #SanDiego premiere of Unlocking the Cage. Thank you to all the local animal advocates who organized and/or attended what seems to have been an inspiring and energizing event!

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A fantastic essay on #nonhumanrights by The Baffler Magazine's Astra Taylor, including a section on the Nonhuman Rights Project. The article also examines the case of Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, which in 2014 adopted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance according to which natural communities and ecosystems possess the right to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve.

We'll quote from the essay when we re-post: for now, we insist you read the whole thing! :)

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“In the early years of his life, he was famous only because he was a source of amusement. He was a slave. Now, he’s in the spotlight because we at the NhRP—along with hundreds of thousands of people the world over—are calling for his freedom.”

In our new blog post, we focus on the life story of our chimpanzee client Tommy, whose whereabouts remain unknown. Please share this link to help raise awareness of Tommy’s situation and our campaign to free him from captivity. #WhereIsTommy

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As you may know, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has requested public comment on its recent proposal to expand the scope of human-animal #chimera research and lift a moratorium on funding this research. We oppose this proposal and are prepared to litigate on certain chimeras’ behalf. Visit our website to read and download the comment we submitted to NIH:

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"Nonhuman animals’ lack of rights is an abstraction to many people—something that isn’t necessarily thought about—but the suffering that results from their legal thinghood is real and connects to so many other causes that are also important to me, such as human rights and environmental protection. It’s about changing the way we relate to other beings and how we live on this planet, and demanding that our legal systems keep up!"

Bead & Reel interviews NhRP Communications Manager Lauren Choplin:

ICYMI, the NhRP is Bead & Reel's September Charity of the Month!

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"Killer whales simply seem to specialize in acute consciousness. They don’t seem to be astonished by us; they take us matter-of-factly. We don’t need to continue being astonished at their behavior. Instead, we might simply fully accept them—and be astonished by one thing about ourselves: how long it’s taken us."

Carl Safina explores, via "squishy anecdote" from researchers and others, the cognitive and emotional complexity of killer whales:
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