• The Blog


    Human/Nonhuman Chimeras: Saving Our Bodies, Losing Our Souls

    A new paper details the creation of a human/pig chimera.

    The goal of the research program is to generate pigs and cows who would become, essentially, living containers for human organs.

    The possibilities have many researchers giddy with excitement. But they also raise serious ethical dilemmas regarding the moral status of these part-human animals.

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  • Kimmela News


    It’s the Year of the Rooster in More Ways than One!

    A new paper by Dr. Lori Marino finds that “chickens are just as cognitively, emotionally and socially complex as most other birds and mammals in many areas.”

    It concludes that they “share a number of cognitive capacities with other highly intelligent species such as dogs, chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins, and even humans.”

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  • Kimmela Center in Action


    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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