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In an historic ruling today, a judge of the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision that all three intermediate appellate courts of New York that had ruled against the Nonhuman Rights Project, had decided wrongly. The NhRP, led by Steven M. Wise, has for years argued that chimpanzees (and other Great Apes, as well as pachyderms and cetaceans), deserve legal standing as nonhuman persons. Philosophers are rarely cited in American courts. However, in this ruling, the work of CAF co-founder Tom Regan was cited not once, but twice.
Between the Species, a peer-reviewed electronic journal devoted to the philosophical examination of the relationship between human beings and other animals, just released an issue on CAF co-founder Tom Regan. Board member Mylan Engel Jr. and CAF grantee Nathan Nobis both have pieces in the issue. You can read the issue here.
Congratulations to board member, Mylan Engel Jr., who was just honored as the 2018 Northern Illinois University (NIU) Presidential Teaching Professor. Mylan teaches in the department of philosophy.
The Regan family and the CAF Board appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and support after Dr. Regan’s passing. So many of you have shared your stories with friends, colleagues and on social media as we continue to keep his legacy alive. Our deepest thanks.