BEFF365 is back! Join us as we kick start the year with BEFF365: Unlocking The Cage! We are thrilled to bring you Unlocking the Cage, on April 27 (Friday), 7:00pm, at KK Court Compound. So join us as we kick start the year! Entrance is free.
“Our goal is that Unlocking the Cage will ultimately inspire people to think differently about animals and why they deserve protection. We hope that the film can be used to support the primates at the sanctuaries that we visited during the making of this film and that our chimpanzee subjects will find their final homes there with other chimpanzees.” – Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.
Supported by affidavits from pimatologists around the world, Stev maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.
Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.“nonhuman” animals.