On July 18th, a group of nine young scholar-advocates took the stage at the San Juan Island Community Theater at Superpod 6 as part of the Second Biennial Scholar-Advocacy session.
Superpod 6 is a gathering of marine mammal experts, advocates and policy makers who convene on San Juan Island for several days to share their knowledge and ideas. This year scholar-advocates as young as 11 years old presented their original work for marine mammals and the oceans.
Here are links to these wonderful talks.
On July 18th, a group of nine young scholar-advocates will take the stage at the San Juan Island Community Theater at Superpod 6 as part of the Second Biennial Scholar-Advocacy session.
Superpod 6 is a gathering of marine mammal experts, advocates and policy makers who convene on San Juan Island for several days to share their knowledge and ideas. This year scholar-advocates as young as 10 years old will showcase the way they’ve been using their education, talents and energy to advocate for marine mammals and the oceans.
Do we have a right to keep dogs and other animals in service for physical and emotional support? It’s a question that came to the fore in my mind at a conference at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver.
My attention was particularly taken by the number of service dogs who were present.
I left the conference wondering whether many of the psychological tasks the dogs were charged with were either unnecessary at best, or actively hindering the emotional development of both dog and handler at worst.
Here are some of the highlights you made possible this year through your tax-deductible donations.
Our latest papers explore the cognitive, emotional and social capacities of chickens and cows.
At conferences and colleges from Barcelona to British Columbia, we have been bringing the message of the plight of captive dolphins and whales to wide-ranging audiences.
We are doing an expanded version of the scholar-advocacy program for students and young professionals at Superpod 6 in 2018.
We are working with the Canadian Senate to ban the display of dolphins and whales in captivity.
And at a ground-breaking symposium we explored the psychology behind our fraught relationship with our fellow animals.
At Farm Sanctuary’s annual Hoe Down, I shared some of our findings on the Someone Project.
For example, pigs can use mirrors to find hidden food; roosters use deception to gain favor with their favorite hens; and cows jump for joy and have other positive emotional reactions when they realize they’ve completed a task successfully.
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.