2020 Nonhuman Rights Legal Victories

May 21, 2020 marks an incredible victory in the animal liberation movement, and should certainly be recognized as an international holiday.

On May 21, 2020, the Islamabad High Court of Pakistan affirmed the rights of nonhuman beings and ordered the release of Kaavan (an Asian elephant held in solitary confinement at the Marghazar Zoo) to a sanctuary.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated that the global pandemic served as “an opportunity for humans to introspect and relate to the pain and distress suffered by other living beings” caused by the “arrogance” of human beings. Chief Justice Minallah stated that “zoos do not serve any purpose except to display their living inmates as exhibits to visitors.”

Chief Justice Minallah cited New York State Justice Alison Tuitt’s February 2020 decision in Happy the elephant’s case (on appeal by the Nonhuman Rights Project, counsel for Plaintiff Happy the elephant): “[Happy] is more than just a legal thing, or property. She is an intelligent, autonomous being who should be treated with respect and dignity, and who may be entitled to liberty.”

The Islamabad High Court is the second court outside the United States to cite Justice Tuitt’s February 2020 ruling, and the latest court to cite the New York Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Fahey’s rejection of chimpanzees’ legal “thinghood” in Nonhuman Rights Project’s chimpanzee rights cases of clients, Tommy, Kiko and Hercules.

What is our relationship with nonhuman beings?

Most human beings agree that nonhuman beings should be treated humanely, and they should not suffer unnecessarily.  Many human beings share their homes with dogs and cats who they treat like family members.  Many humans get upset when they see someone mistreat a dog or cat, and offer help because they understand the innocent victim is suffering and/or call law enforcement because they understand the mistreatment represents an illegal act.

Ironically, these same people support necessary suffering of nonhuman beings every day because laws protect and justify necessary suffering for human purposes.  Acts that warrant criminal charges when performed by private citizens and would certainly be regarded as torture if they were committed against human beings remain LEGAL as long as there exists a human purpose.

The food, clothing, research and experimentation, and entertainment industries all represent human purposes.  These industries unconscionably, cruelly and violently torture, mutilate and slaughter innocent lives for human purposes.  Although no isolated act of cruelty or violence against a nonhuman being can be condoned or minimized in any way, every single year, human beings support the cruel and violent treatment of approximately 70 billion nonhuman beings who live on land and one trillion nonhuman beings who live in the sea.  (All wars in the history of the world account for the loss of about one billion lives.)

To date, many human beings deny the Truth that is quickly unraveling because they refuse to educate themselves by watching live footage of the inside of factory farms or by visiting a slaughterhouse like the young medical doctor did in the story of The White Cow below.

Mothers cannot imagine what it would be like to have their newborn babies taken away from them.  As a result, they refuse to believe the Truth that standard industry practice separates mothers and babies within the first 24 hours of birth.  There exists a plethora of documentaries, YouTube videos, undercover investigations, interviews, et al. regarding this Traumatic Truth.

Every day, human beings are duped by Big Ag and Big Pharm into believing a ridiculous oxymoron like “humane treatment” exists.  (The definition of humane is “having or showing compassion or benevolence.”)  They believe the marketing and advertising slogans such as farm raised, grass fed and no antibiotics or hormones actually transform toxic substances into healthy foods exactly like they bought the marketing and advertising schemes of commercials of doctors, movie stars, athletes and housewives boasting of toasted, tasty, relaxing, refreshing, fashionable cigarettes from 1941 to 1971.  (See Posts entitled, “The Correlation between Tobacco and Big Ag” and “Sensory pleasure:  Big Ag (meat, fish, dairy, egg industries) verses Tobacco” herein.)

Unfortunately, whether we partake in this holocaust, we all continue to get swindled out of our money (due to the approximate 200% extra cost we all pay ) for the hidden medical and environmental costs of indulging in the flesh, byproducts and secretions of nonhuman beings for sensory pleasure.

Please learn the FACTS, and share the FACTS with others TODAY.  The insightful, informative video below by Lesli Bisgould, Canada’s first Nonhuman Rights Lawyer, was published on May 6, 2014!

2019 Recap

New Hope Now and the Nonhuman Rights community made extraordinary progress in 2019.

Last year, I met with Senator Booker’s Counsel, Adam Zipkin, and Lauren Tavar regarding the passage of several Nonhuman Rights bills.  As I suspected, only one, entitled the Compassionate Cosmetics Act, appeared ripe for passage.  (The other drafts remain on hold…but, not for long!)

I also designed this website; created a YouTube channel, and filmed and published several videos; wrote a book and created an online store.

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxYfWHombiEm_9P2QQd6yTw

Cool hoodies for gifts or yourself:  https://teespring.com/stores/utopia-15

Eye Opening book:  https://www.test.newhopenow.net/eye-opening-book/  

PLEASE KNOW that I remain extremely grateful and blessed for all of YOUR gracious support.  I love being a part of the most important social justice issue of our time, and most importantly acting as a steward for all nonhuman beings.

2020 is going to be a GREAT year!  We are on the brink of freeing them all!

I, personally, have exciting plans as you will soon see.  With respect to advocacy and legislation, it appears President Trump may have opened a doorway for us when he signed PACT, HR 724 on November 25, 2019.  

More good news.

Senator (and Presidential Candidate) Cory Booker introduced the Farm System Reform Act of 2019 which will place a moratorium on CAFOs.

In addition, The Guardian published an article about an ethical veganism/employment discrimination case.  Apparently, Peter Daly, Esquire of the prestigious law firm of Slater Gordon in London will represent Mr. Casamitjana who was terminated by his employer, League Against Cruel Sports, because he advised his colleagues that their employer invested pension monies in companies involved in animal testing.  It appears that the aforementioned lawsuit serves as an opportunity to set a legal precedent with respect to protected classes which has the potential to set the tone for the rest of the world because as you know, most people do not understand that veganism represents a lifestyle and the premise is “ahimsa” which means “nonviolence and reverence for all life” in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jainist traditions.  Accordingly, absolutely yes, veganism does fall under the umbrella of religious discrimination.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/29/ethical-vegan-jordi-casamitjana-protected-status-court-tribunal

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/animal-rights-new-year-veganism-cruelty-free-peta-a9264191.html?fbclid=IwAR0EQ1Mg4bXKjZFC7Y2_-wgIHippRXNhmv2fYzfCFU4YrN9TOHGjxgd4YGs

Sentience

SENTIENCE, EMPATHY AND THE GOLDEN RULE

SENTIENCE

Sentience is the capability of feeling.  People who are sentient are self-aware and conscious.  They naturally have a will to live and to avoid pain.  They can feel love, joy, happiness, pleasure, sadness, depression, loneliness and pain.  About 50 years ago, science has proven that animals also possess sentience as evidenced by wagging tails, exuberant leaps, facial expressions, body language, yelps and screams.   

EMPATHY

We cannot solve a problem if we do not know it exists or if we do not understand it.  Thanks to the passionate and tireless work of Nonhuman Rights Advocates and Activists who have made the invisible visible through undercover investigations; and scientists, academicians, authors, movie producers and directors, and other professionals who have repetitively and continuously explained the Truth to us, we now can accept the following Facts.

  1. Nonhuman beings can suffer and feel pain just like human beings.
  2. The latest statistic shows that about 70 billion nonhuman beings (including sea life) are tortured and slaughtered every year for food.  About ten percent of innocent beings reared for food do not make it to the slaughterhouses because they die from stress, trauma, injuries and diseases.
  3. Nonhuman beings, most of whom are bred and used for food, clothing, products for humans, research and experimentation, and entertainment; experience unconscionable torture every day of their short, miserable lives…torture that would certainly be considered criminal if a private individual committed it.  For example, pigs, who have proven to be as social as dogs with the intelligence of three year old human children are castrated by workers who cut into their skin and rip out their testicles without anesthesia while they are babies.  (You can watch the graphic details on the free talks, videos and films in the Resources section of this website or on any animal rights organization’s media.)  Next, they chop off their tails also without anesthesia.  Once, the piglets reach market weight, they are unwillingly forced to slaughter.  They are knocked in the head with a steel rod, hung upside down, then their throats are slit.  Of course, they remain fully conscious while they scream and cry in agony as they bleed to death.  Alternatively, they are boiled alive.

Can you imagine what this would feel like?  Think about it.  How would you feel if this were done to you?  How would you feel if this were done to your mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son or best friend?

If you would not want to be treated like this yourself or if you would not wish your loved ones to be treated this way, then you should stop supporting the the factory farming and animal agricultural industry immediately by not purchasing the products and by-products of nonhuman beings.

The basic premise of economics is supply and demand.  The reason for this holocaust is demand.  If demand is zero, then supply must also be zero.  There exist delicious alternatives for meat, dairy and eggs; fashionable faux silk, feathers, leather, wool and fur clothing, accessories and footwear; vegan, cruelty-free, effective cosmetic and bath products that look and smell wonderful; alternatives to animal testing that have proven less expensive and more accurate because nonhumans do not react the same way to drugs as humans; and rescue sanctuaries where humans can visit and interact with nonhuman beings.  If we all avoid the use of nonhuman beings, we would enjoy tremendous perks.  We could literally feed everyone in the world, improve our health, enhance the global economy and environment dramatically, and save our planet!

THE GOLDEN RULE

The question is not “Is the unconscionable torture and killing of nonhuman beings (as in animals or things or commodities or resources for human exploitation) morally acceptable?”

Rather, the question is “Is the unconscionable torture and killing of human beings morally acceptable?” because they are just like us with regard to feelings or sentience, the necessary and sufficient characteristic of a person.

The question is “Would it make a difference if they were human?”