Key projects in which the Kimmela Center is currently engaged include: The Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Case, in which Dr. Marino has served as an expert witness. The Nonhuman Rights Project, for which The Kimmela Center is providing the scientific expertise, data and guidance for...Read More
December 2nd 2013: Today the Nonhuman Rights Project filed the first-ever suit on behalf of a chimpanzee seeking recognition as a ‘legal person’ with fundamental legal rights.
Later this month, at the 2013 Biennial Marine Mammal Conference, a special session will be held on the humane killing of marine mammals.
Today’s event represents a potentially transformative effort toward enforceable rights for nonhuman beings. The conference session, on the other hand, represents a fall back to the perpetuation of nonhuman animals as commodities.
Kimmela Center executive director Dr. Lori Marino is quoted extensively in an article about animal-assisted therapiesin the prestigious medical journal The Lancet Neurology.
“If it cannot be determined that the dolphin is an important therapeutic ingredient, then there is no basis for most of the claims made by the lucrative industry that has grown up around dolphin-assisted therapy.”
The Nonhuman Rights Project: The Kimmela Center is providing scientific expertise, data and guidance for upcoming court cases.
The Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Case: Dr. Marino has testified as an expert witness.
Campaigns against Dolphin and Whale Captivity: Dr. Marino provides ongoing expert research and testimony.
The Someone Project: Kimmela works with Farm Sanctuary to analyze scientific evidence for cognitive and emotional complexity in farm animals
“I Am Not an Animal”: Kimmela adds a new dimension of human psychology to its work on human-nonhuman animal relationships.