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Greetings from the Nonhuman Rights Project! As August draws to a close, we have a number of important updates we'd like to share with you.

First, regarding Hercules and Leo: as you may know, Stony Brook University indicated at the end of July that it would no longer experiment on our chimpanzee plaintiffs—this is great news, especially because they're still young and have much of their lives still before them.

That said, where Hercules and Leo will go next remains to be seen. To help ensure that they're transferred to Save the Chimps or an appropriate member sanctuary of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), our legal team is deep in negotiations with Stony Brook and with Hercules' and Leo's "owner," the New Iberia Research Center. We've made clear that if Stony Brook attempts to move Hercules and Leo to any place other than one of the aforementioned sanctuaries, we'll immediately seek a preliminary injunction to prevent this move pending the outcome of all appeals (as we succeeded in doing in Tommy's case last year).

Meanwhile, we're preparing our appeal of Justice Jaffe's recent decision in Hercules and Leo's case; we encourage you to read NhRP President Steven M. Wise's in-depth analysis of the decision on our website. We continue to wait for decisions in Tommy's and Kiko's cases.

In other NhRP news:

  • The NhRP was honored to again be part of this year's Animal Rights National Conference in Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of the NhRP, I spoke on two different panels, including the Friday Evening Plenary where I discussed how I came to be involved with the NhRP and what it means to work toward justice for Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, Leo, and other nonhuman animals. Thank you to all who attended either in person or via Twitter!
  • Please join us in congratulating our latest Featured Volunteer, Jo Frederiks. Jo is a visual artist who has generously contributed numerous sketches of nonhuman animals for use in the NhRP's social-media infographics. Read more about Jo here.
  • Steve just wrapped up teaching "Animal Rights Law and Jurisprudence" at Lewis and Clark Law School. Steve tells me that, as usual, the exceedingly bright, engaged students made the course a rich and intellectually exciting experience. We hope you can join Steve next time the course is offered!
  • Steve was the inaugural guest for Our Hen House's new Animal Law Podcast. Listen to his interview here and his follow-up interview (following Justice Jaffe's decision) here.
  • Are you an attorney with significant civil trial and appellate experience? The NhRP is hiring! Please see our job advertisement for more information.
That's all from us for now! Please stay tuned for some exciting NhRP developments in store for the second half of 2015. We remain deeply appreciative of your passionate investment in the outcome of our lawsuits, and we'll be sure to keep you updated on what's going on.

From the entire NhRP team: thank you!

Natalie Prosin
Executive Director
The Nonhuman Rights Project

About the Nonhuman Rights Project

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the legal status of appropriate 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. Our first cases were filed in 2013 on behalf of captive chimpanzees; we plan to continue to file as many lawsuits as we have funds available. Your support of this work is deeply appreciated!

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