Summer 2014

Natalie K. Prosin

Natalie Prosin, the executive director of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), was featured with fellow lawyers in a New York Times Magazine cover story by Charles Siebert, “Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner?” The Project: NhRP is a coalition of lawyers and scientists working to obtain legal rights for nonhuman animals. Precedent: Her concern for animals dates back to a first grade chick hatching project. Founded BC Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, and spearheaded a drive to ban greyhound racing by citizen vote and a successful cage-free egg campaign for BC food services. Highlight: The May New York Times Magazine story on NhRP’s continued litigation seeking legal rights for chimpanzees. Quote: “Human rights belong to human beings. We are trying to create chimpanzee rights for chimpanzees. And that begins with the fundamental legal right to bodily liberty.”

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