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The Nonhuman Rights Project Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Nonhuman Rights Project is focused on establishing legal personhood and fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through three key pillars: litigation, legislation, and education. Through them we aim to create a robust framework for the recognition and protection of fundamental nonhuman animal rights grounded in longstanding values of principles of justice. The first stage of this work is a legal fight for great apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales’ fundamental right to bodily liberty.

Geographic areas served: USA and worldwide

Programs: Litigation: Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to recognize and protect nonhuman animals’ fundamental rights. Legislation: Working with local governments to enact the world’s nonhuman animal rights laws. Education: Raising awareness of the importance of and legal basis for nonhuman animal rights and providing resources to empower people to join the fight.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been in the Bronx court during arguments for Happy's status and sanctuary release. Steve leads an amazing team of lawyers in the end to recognize habeas corpus for Happy and freedom.. Steve's life purpose is changing our world for the better. Love NhRP.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This fight has been long in the making, it is necessary and relevant and it must be won, not only for Happy of the Bronx Zoo, but for all our precious beings. “A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein. Bless the work of “The Ninhuman Rights Project Inc."

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Donor

Rating: 5

So proud to be part of this community as a donor and a petition signer and a follower of all the great things you do to help our Nonhuman voiceless creatures! If you shop Amazon add them as your charity to help even more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofit organizations out there making a true impact in an area so needed. The challenge is great but the team's persistence, dedication to the cause, strategy, and appropriateness of funding projects is 1st rate. I cannot applaud Steve Wise and the team enough.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What the Nonhuman Rights Group is doing is revolutionary and an important step for mankind. I came across a news story on Happy the elephant and the animal rights group who is trying to free her. Happy is being held alone in the Bronx zoo and the Nonhuman Rights Project is litigating on her behalf. They have a few other animal clients with similar stories. Their board members are few but include most famously, Jane Goodall. Their approach is to present court cases that argue that animals are not "things" born into existence to serve at man's leisure. That animals are beings with wills of their own and deserve better living conditions. And that as humans, it is our responsibility to honor that. What they're doing is truly remarkable and an inspiring step for mankind. I will be making it my own personal mission to help in anyway I can to help Free Happy and all sentient beings.

3 DeeWriter

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a contributing member, financially and through writing petitions and sharing on social media. I speak about Nonhuman Rights/Environmental issues all the time! The Nonhuman Rights Project has become one of my top 5 advocate groups. They speak out, educate, involve and get down to the nitty-gritty. They are not afraid to take it to a legal level...and HAVE! I am very loyal to them and will stick with them for years tome...As long as there is one Nonhuman soul in captivity, abused, neglected or "forgotten." I will stand proud with this group!

3 Cherish H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity!!! Donating to them and knowing your money will do great things and help animals in need that nobody else will help. More people need to be aware of what really goes on behind closed doors. Too many people have zero clue that this awful abuse happens and / or ignores it! Great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

How to say enough good things about my experience with NHRP for years now, the most important work for non human animals, for their legal rights. NHRP do great advocacy work and they do their email campaigns in a way that actually makes me look forward to know how to help them as best I can. Their approach is unique and I wish the possiblity of their changing the course of history for all sentient beings. Please donate to this great organization who help elephants, primates, and other nonhuman clients they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not only does NHRP do great advocacy work, but they also do their email campaigns in a way that actually makes me look forward to their emails. The emails aren't just asking for money and social media shares; they offer a number of actionable steps you can take to support their work, with different kinds of resources (ie time, money, effort, network reach) required from you, so that there's actually something for everyone. Their petitions aren't meaningless ways to collect data, but actual documents used to advocate for their clients. They share interesting, exciting information about nonhumans and stories of success as well as struggle, so you're not always opening an email that makes you want to cry. I can't say enough good things about my experience with NHRP so far. Please support them and the vibrant elephants, primates, and other nonhuman clients they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are a lot of organizations that help sentient non-human beings, and those are great, but the Nonhuman Rights Project is really fighting to change *the system* that allows them to be abused and exploited. They provide regular updates on their legal work and their clients. They expose some of the worst abusers and let us know what actions we can take to help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's one thing to hold the opinion that animals get the short end of the stick and have throughout history. It's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT thing to actually use your law degree to forcefully seek their safety. NHRP does the latter and I'm pretty sure they not only do it with zest, but they may be the only ones doing it, at all. I give to their cause on a regular basis. NHRP is where the rubber meets the road. I support the work they do and I respect them for doing it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love these guys! Anyone who values animals' happiness and health, as they do, is a 10 out of 10, in my book. With all the vicious monsters out to abuse and kill animals (i.e. Donny Drumpf Jr. and his ilk) we need folks like these. I thoroughly enjoy contributing to this great organization and encourage any and all to do likewise.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All I can do is respond to e-mails, sign petitions and donate money whereas the Nonhuman Right Project is in the business of "doing". Importantly, they are able to step into the judicial and legal arenas to get issues that relate to advocacy (for the voiceless/powerless) NOTICED in vital forums. This is significant for the overall campaign to have sentient beings recognized and protected.

4 Darlene36

Donor

Rating: 5

I am in awe of the work that the Nonhuman Rights Project is doing. Even when the court decision is negative, they have opened eyes and helped to stimulate thought about how animals are treated by so-called "superior beings". I pray that their work continues and succeeds and that over time the rights of all sentient beings will be recognized.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NHRP is virtually unique among the animal "rights" community in its mission statement and goes at the fundamental issue of "legal rights" from which all other good things will flow. this in itself is worthy of your support. but beyond this, this organization really (i mean REAllY) INTERFACES WITH AND RESPONDS TO ITS supporters rather than just serve as a donation collection agency. i consider my donation and interest money well spent. you should too!

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5 Cathleen H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just finished watched a four-part video series about their mission on youtube.com, and was highly impressed. Their work is noble, their approach is unique and brilliant, and I see the possiblity of their changing the course of history for animals. I also see the potential for animal rights activists to learn a great deal of value from them to empower them in their activism. I definitely believe in them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There's a lot of great animal groups out there and they're all important. But I don't know any other group that does what NhRP does. They go to court and speak for the animals. I'm an older gay man. I know what's it's like to not have your rights. I'm proud to support this group. We shall overcome. Love wins!

4 Tricia H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization to fully support if you love and value all sentient beings.
The Nonhuman Rights Project is inclusive in its concern with no animal left behind. It's not easy going to dark places where animals are abused and abandoned to the whims of those who do not know their intrinsic value. I could never endure the heartbreak myself, so I support them monetarily. I am so grateful they are willing to step up and and make changes in the lives of animals.

4 Mary B.19

Donor

Rating: 5

Anyone who is working to help animals is great in my book, but people who legally try to prove animals have rights just like us is even GREATER! The animals deserve every right to live a respectful and peaceful life like anyone else!! Please donate to help them litigate these rights for all animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile organization who is using toward actual legal rights of animals starting with chimps. They have filed their first cases in New York. If they are successful, the law will provide several chimps who are living in New York with fundamental rights. Please support them in this effort.

Review from Guidestar