29 April 2015
For the first time in history, a court in the United States has issued an Order to Show Cause on behalf of a non-human animal.
The case was brought by the Non-human Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of two chimpanzees used for biomedical research at Stony Brook University (NY). The Order now requires the University to provide a legally sufficient reason for detaining the chimpanzees. The NhRP believes this is a promising step towards the recognition of legal rights for animals.