Jan 21, 2018

#NY: The injustice of condemning #Chimpanzees to a lifetime of #captivity

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From: "Kevin Schneider" <info@nonhumanrights.org>
Date: Jan 19, 2018 10:21 AM
Subject: The injustice of condemning chimpanzees to a lifetime of captivity

Court Case Update

Dear Liz,
Our New York clients Tommy and Kiko are chimpanzees who've never known what it's like to live freely. Today we have an update in their cases. The New York appellate court that last year denied our habeas corpus petitions on their behalf has denied our motion for permission to appeal its decision to New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals. But this isn't the end: far from it. 
Within the next 30 days, the NhRP will file a motion for permission to appeal with the Court of Appeals itself, urging it to reject the First Judicial Department's erroneous approach to our common law habeas corpus cases and to engage in the mature weighing of public policy and moral principle these novel and complex legal issues demand.     
In NhRP President Steven M. Wise's words: "The First Judicial Department decision is disappointing, but no surprise. We believe it is unjust to condemn extraordinarily complex—indeed autonomous—beings, such as chimpanzees, to a lifetime of captivity for the sole reason they are not human. We think the Court of Appeals should recognize that New York notions of fundamental justice support our arguments in favor of recognizing chimpanzees' right to bodily liberty, and we are hopeful we will be given the opportunity to make that case."
Thank you for your support for Tommy's and Kiko's legal personhood and fundamental right to bodily liberty. Have a good weekend, and we'll keep you posted!
Kevin Schneider
Executive Director, the NhRP

Working for the recognition and protection of fundamental rights for nonhuman animals.

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