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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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    Active SETI – WE are the big bad aliens!

    Since the 1960s some of the world’s best scientists have been searching for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence using large radio telescopes. This program is known as SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. And while this planet has been leaking its own radio signals into space since the 1940s and actively listening for signals, we now have the capability to do more than listen and leak. We can send intentional and powerful radio signals into space. This kind of effort, called Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) or Active

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  • Kimmela News

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    Historic Win for Nonhuman Rights Project

    In an unprecedented decision, Judge Barbara Jaffe of the Supreme Court of the State of New York has signed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of two chimpanzee plaintiffs of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), Hercules and Leo.

    These are the first two nonhuman beings to be considered legal persons under the common law.

    Hercules and Leo, who have been used in research for years, are currently held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and are “owned” by The

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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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