Chimpanzees like Tommy are intelligent, self-aware beings. But the law still considers Tommy to be a piece of property – a “thing.” As such, he has NO LEGAL RIGHTS. While the Supreme Court has ruled that even corporations are entitled to legal rights, Tommy has no more rights than a pair of tennis shoes.
Right now the Nonhuman Rights Project is petitioning an appeals court to give Tommy the legal right to bodily liberty so he can be sent to a sanctuary. This groundbreaking case is the first of its kind ever and would set a precedent for other chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees like Tommy belong in a sanctuary, not in a cage, not in a laboratory, and not in a circus. Add your name to this urgent petition today and help us call for Tommy’s freedom!