Non Human Rights Project

Event details

  • Wednesday | May 27, 2015
  • 10:30 am
  • New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch, 60 Centre Street, Room 300, New York, NY 10013, 60 Centre Street, Room 300, New York, NY 10013, New York, NY 10013

Non-Human Rights

Dear Friend of the Nonhuman Rights Project,
On Wednesday, May 27th in Manhattan, NY, Hercules and Leo—two chimpanzees being used in research—will get their day in court.

In a first-of-its-kind hearing, Justice Barbara Jaffe will hear arguments concerning the legality of the detention of chimpanzees pursuant to an Article 70 habeas corpus proceeding. Justice Jaffe issued an “Order to Show Cause” in April that requires Stony Brook University—where Hercules and Leo are being used in non-medical locomotion research—to appear in court to give a legally justifiable reason why they are detaining them. The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a petition for an order to show cause on behalf of Hercules and Leo in March of this year.

The NhRP legal team, led by NhRP President Steven M. Wise, will argue that Hercules and Leo should be recognized as common law legal persons with the fundamental right to bodily liberty and released from imprisonment at Stony Brook. The university is represented by the New York Attorney General.

Please attend the hearing if you can! Note that it was moved from its original location to a larger courthouse down the street (if you’re looking for the building, it’s the same one used in the TV show Law & Order!)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:30 am Eastern Time

WHERE: New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch, 60 Centre Street, Room 300, New York, NY 10013

A single “pool” camera will be allowed in the courtroom to which members of the media can request access. Stay tuned to our social media sites for links to any footage that emerges!

Wondering how you can help? The day of the hearing, please do all you can to help raise awareness of the hearing and its significance. Sharing Steve’s recently released TED Talk and his lecture in Sydney, Australia as keynote speaker of the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series are both good places to start!

On behalf of the entire NhRP team, we thank each of our supporters.

We’ll see you in court!

Natalie Prosin
Executive Director
The Nonhuman Rights Project

About the Nonhuman Rights Project
The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working through the common law to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is 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, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.
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