All posts by Lori Marino

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

There’s Nothing "Natural" About SeaWorld’s New Plan

It didn’t take long for the major media to figure out that the latest announcement from SeaWorld was largely smoke and mirrors.

Yesterday, in the wake of mounting protests over its treatment of animals and hemorrhaging revenue from its downwardly spiraling public attendance, SeaWorld announced it would end the "theatrical killer whale experience" in San Diego by the end of 2016.

SeaWorld’s chief executive Joel Manby said:

"We are listening to our guests, evolving as a company, we are always changing. In 2017 we will … Continue reading There’s Nothing "Natural" About SeaWorld’s New Plan

Why We Can’t Stand it when Other Animals Treat Us like Animals

So, on the heels of Cecil the lion being killed by someone who thinks animal lives are inherently worthless (except as trophies), Yellowstone National Park is expected to kill the mother bear who attacked and partially consumed a hiker last week.

First, the Park should not be allowed to get away with the euphemism “euthanasia”. What they plan to do has nothing whatsoever to do with euthanasia. It is cold-blooded murder – the imposition of the death penalty on a member of another species for just being … Continue reading Why We Can’t Stand it when Other Animals Treat Us like Animals

On Gifted Children

There is a form of “giftedness” that is just as rare and, arguably, even more valuable in today’s world than intellectual or artistic bravado. That is the gift of compassion. This level of genius goes way beyond the “love of animals” that most children display. Instead, these young people are driven by an insight about our connectedness with the other animals that allows them to see things most others do not. And, like other gifted children, they are single-minded in the pursuit of their goals.

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