We’ve been patiently waiting for something to break on this piece. Why you ask? Because earlier this year, the great folks at the Nonhuman Rights Project came to us to help them find an agency to promote their “cause” when the time came.
Their RFD (Request for Dialogue) described their mission as follows:
Mission: 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 a chimpanzee or elephant, for whom there is clear scientific evidence of high cognitive abilities and self-awareness, and who is demonstrably suffering from being held in abysmal conditions) to recognize this plaintiff as a legal person with the capacity for the right to bodily liberty. Whatever the outcome, we expect the case to be appealed to a state high court, where the key ruling will be made. We will then proceed to file a growing number of similar suits in other states on behalf of other animals who fit our profile.
Glenn Sagon and his team at Sagon/Phior in Los Angeles won that business. Glenn has been our contact for years and does a great job for anything he elects to pursue. Here’s the breaking news in today’s December 2nd New York Times.
Visit their website for the full story: http://www.nonhumanrights.org/