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    The REAL Puppy-Monkey-Baby

    A soft drink commercial that features a strange chimeric creature called the PuppyMonkeyBaby (a beast that combines human baby legs, a monkey body and a pug dog’s head) premiered during Super Bowl 50. The weird animal is supposed to represent the “awesome” combo of Mountain Dew, juice and caffeine, but many people call it “creepy “, “scary” and just downright “disturbing “. The idea of a dog-monkey-baby makes for one horrifying creation.

    But chimeras aren’t just the stuff of soft drink advertisers; they’re being produced in laboratories around the world. And for these animals, it’s a life of confinement, exploitation and invasive procedures that invariably ends in death.

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    Sea Sanctuaries for Cetaceans: A Growing Reality

    This past Sunday, December 13th, Dr. Lori Marino, Executive Director of The Kimmela Center, and Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute, presented a day-long public workshop entitled Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Toward Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.

    The workshop focused on the key issues relevant to developing and maintaining a permanent sea sanctuary in North America for formerly captive and injured/sick whales and dolphins. There are sanctuaries for other large highly social and wide-ranging mammals, such as the Performing Animal Welfare … Continue reading Sea Sanctuaries for Cetaceans: A Growing Reality

  • Kimmela Center in Action

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    Kimmela Center in Action

    Someone – Not Something: Kimmela and Farm Sanctuary are working together to compile, review and publish the scientific evidence for cognitive and emotional complexity in farm animals. Campaigns against Dolphin and Whale Captivity: Dr. Marino provides ongoing expert research and testimony. “I Am Not an Animal”: Kimmela adds the dimension of human psychology to its work on human-nonhuman animal relationships. The Nonhuman Rights Project: The Kimmela Center provided the scientific expertise, data and guidance for court cases on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. The Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Case: Dr. Marino has testified as an expert witness. Read More.