Endangered Species

TPHS graduate spearheading drive to establish legal rights for cognitively complex animals

TPHS graduate spearheading drive to establish legal rights for cognitively complex animals

By Karen Billing

Torrey Pines High School graduate Natalie Prosin is leading a fight for the legal rights of animals. At age 29, Prosin is the executive director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, a non-profit organization with a goal to establish legal “personhood” for “nonhuman animals.”

“Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere ‘things,’ which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to ‘persons,’ who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty,” Prosin said.

Starting next year, the Nonhuman Rights Project group will file lawsuits in state courts to attempt to give...

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