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    What Is Kimmela?

    The Kimmela Center is devoted to transforming our relationships with other animals from exploitation to respect by combining academic scholarship with animal advocacy.
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    The Kimmela Solution

    Kimmela offers a unique solution. We are working to become the go-to source of scientific and academic expertise on nonhuman animals, bringing objectivity and credibility to the pressing issues we’ve identified through four active domains.
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    What Is a Scholar Advocate?

    Kimmela is helping to create and support a new professional path for scholars in a variety of academic fields who want to apply their training and expertise to advocacy for nonhuman animals.
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    Kimmela in Action

    Kimmela is the missing bridge between the scientific community and animal protection groups. Our work is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. We collaborate with other organizations to translate scientific findings into accessible and useful information for the general public.
  • The Blog

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    Infant Beluga Death Is No Mystery

    By Lori Marino

    Last Friday, June 5th, an infant beluga whale born to Maris and Beethoven at the Georgia Aquarium took her last breath. The whale was 26 days old, and the second infant from the same parents to die at the aquarium in three years. The first one, her sister, died less than a week after she was born.

    The senior veterinarian and the care staff at the Georgia Aquarium all seem baffled by the early death of yet another infant beluga. According to the aquarium, the infant

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  • Kimmela News

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    Pigs Are Smart – and Machiavellian

    Winston Churchill famously said: “A dog looks up to you; a cat looks down on you; only a pig treats you as an equal.”

    Two scientists have now concluded that pigs are indeed extraordinarily complex animals, and that they share many of the characteristics we admire in, for example, dogs, chimpanzees, dolphins and humans.

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  • Kimmela Center in Action

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    Kimmela Center in Action

    The Someone Project: 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.

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