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News from the Nonhuman Rights Project

Dear Friends of the Nonhuman Rights Project,

Appeals Court Sets October 8th as Tommy's Court Date: Tommy the chimpanzee gets his next day in court on October 8th, when we go before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department in Albany, NY, and argue that chimpanzees are autonomous "persons," entitled to a common law writ of habeas corpus in the State of New York.

Tommy is one of four chimpanzee plaintiffs who we argue are being held unlawfully under the common law and should be released to a sanctuary. (You can read more about Tommy and the other chimpanzees here, and download the brief that the NhRP has filed with the appellate court in Tommy's case.)

Stop Press Update: We've just received word that Kiko's appeal will be heard on December 2nd. This will be at the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester, NY.

Moot Court at St. John's University School of Law: A big thank you to St. John's University School of Law, which has offered to host a moot court prior to the oral arguments at the Appellate Court. A moot court is a practice session that's set up exactly like the appellate court, with attorneys and legal experts sitting in place of the judges. This gives NhRP President Steven Wise and our legal team an opportunity to rehearse their arguments and for the panel to pose questions we may not have considered.

Eight prominent law professors and practicing attorneys have offered to act as judges. A few journalists who covered the original court hearings last December have also been invited, and the hearing will be videoed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for their upcoming documentary about the NhRP, Unlocking the Cage.

Oregon Supreme Court Recognizes the Work of the NhRP: Two recent Oregon Supreme Court decisions have bolstered the concept that nonhuman animals are not mere property. One decision noted the work of the NhRP, which prompted an Op-Ed by Steven Wise in The Oregonian.

More Coverage of the NhRP: The Washington Post published an op-ed by Executive Director Natalie Prosin, and the NhRP was featured in Vue Weekly.

In Other News:
New Iberia Chimpanzees Released to a Sanctuary: After a long delay, many of the chimpanzees imprisoned at the government-owned New Iberia Research Center have finally been released to the Chimp Haven sanctuary.

New Iberia experiments on chimpanzees "owned" privately as well as by the National Institutes of Health. Only the government chimpanzees are being retired. NhRP plaintiffs Hercules and Leo are among the New Iberia chimps not scheduled to be retired to Chimp Haven.

Thank you for your support of the Nonhuman Rights Project. Your donations will greatly help our efforts to establish personhood for nonhuman animals.

Best wishes,

Natalie Prosin
Executive Director
Nonhuman Rights Project

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