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Update on Hercules and Leo Order to Show Cause

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following update this afternoon on its lawsuit regarding chimpanzees Hercules and Leo.  

This afternoon Judge Barbara Jaffe amended yesterday’s ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE & WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS by striking out the words “& WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS” from the title of her Order.

This case is one of a trio of cases that the Nonhuman Rights Project has brought in an attempt to free chimpanzees imprisoned within the State of New York through an “Article … Continue reading Update on Hercules and Leo Order to Show Cause

In Major Medical Journal, Kimmela Discusses Dolphin-Assisted Therapy

Kimmela Center executive director Dr. Lori Marino is quoted extensively in an article about animal-assisted therapies by Adrian Burton in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet Neurology.

The article, entitled “Dolphins, dogs, and robot seals for the treatment of neurological disease” asks:

A growing body of evidence suggests that animal-assisted therapies and activities involving all kinds of real and even robotic animals can have beneficial effects in people with neurological disease or mental illness. But what is the quality of that evidence, and do these interventions really provide any … Continue reading In Major Medical Journal, Kimmela Discusses Dolphin-Assisted Therapy

Dolphin Welfare vs. Dolphin Rights at the American Cetacean Society Conference

Is it appropriate to keep dolphins (including belugas and killer whales) in captivity as long as you accord them certain approved standards of care? Or do dolphins have the inherent right not to be held captive by humans in the first place?

It’s a question that hovered in the air at last weekend’s meeting of the American Cetacean Society in San Diego. And at one session, it came right to the surface and took center stage.

The welfare-vs.-rights debate suffuses the whole … Continue reading Dolphin Welfare vs. Dolphin Rights at the American Cetacean Society Conference

The Georgia Aquarium Plunders the Oceans in the Name of Conservation

This is a news release about the Georgia Aquarium’s application to bring 18 captured belugas from Russia into the United States and put them on display at various aquariums. It was written by the Kimmela Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Lori Marino, and Thomas I. White, who holds the Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola Marymount University.

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