The Nonhuman Rights Project says it is the only organization working through the common law to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.
Their 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.
Their first cases were filed in December 2013, and this year they say they will file as many suits as they have funds available.
The recent New York Chimpanzee cases are found here with related court documents and transcripts.
- No legal rights for chimps but what about elephants, dolphins and orcas? (yahoonewsdigest-intl.tumblr.com)
- Another Court Denies Legal Rights for a Chimpanzee (wired.com)
- Bid in New York to extend legal rights to chimps fails, again (trust.org)
- Orangutan ‘entitled to human rights’ (irishexaminer.com)
- Court grants orangutan basic legal rights (jamaica-gleaner.com)
- The New “Persons” – the Apes (slaw.ca)
- Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights (abc7news.com)