Lori Marino, Ph.D.

Dr. Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence on the faculty of Emory University. She is internationally known for her work on the evolution of brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and comparisons to primates. In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins. (Reiss and Marino, 2001) after which she decided against further research with captive animals. She has also published numerous empirical and review papers on human-nonhuman animal relationships, including the psychological and philosophical bases of animal exploitation and, more specifically, critiques of dolphin assisted therapy and other captivity issues.

Michael Mountain

Michael is Editor-in-Chief of Earth in Transition, whose mission is to cultivate a new and better relationship with our fellow animals. Michael was President and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest animal sanctuary, which spearheaded the no-kill movement to help bring an end to the mass killing of homeless pets in shelters, a campaign that has reduced the number of animals killed in shelters in the U.S. from 15 million a year to below 3 million.

He writes:

“I’ve worked in the animal protection movement for more than 25 years, and in most areas there’s been very little quantifiable progress. That’s in large part because while it’s the work of passionate, caring people and their organizations, much of the work has lacked the kind of scientific support that’s essential to making a powerful case for mainstream action. The work of Kimmela can fill that gap, and those of us who are not academics by background need to support it in every possible way.”