The Nonhuman Rights Project will be filing a series of lawsuits on behalf of specific nonhuman plaintiffs. The first will be in the fall of 2013 in a northeastern state (NY, DC or MA). Website: www.nonhumanrights.org The slides on the home page of the website are designed to give a simple overview of the project. Mission (short version): To change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty. We will be asking a common law judge to recognize a specific animal (most likely chimpanzee or elephant, for whom there is clear scientific evidence of high cognitive abilities and self-awareness, and who is currently suffering from being held in abysmal conditions of captivity) to recognize this plaintiff as a legal person with the capacity for appropriate rights – specifically the right to bodily liberty. We expect that the case will be appealed to a state high court, thus setting a valuable precedent. We will then proceed to file a growing number of similar suits in other states. Budget $40,000 fees with balance pro bono.
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