Paper Concludes Pigs Are Behaviorally, Cognitively, Emotionally Complex Individuals

With intriguing descriptions of the abilities of pigs, a new white paper concludes that “pigs are not very different from the dogs and cats we share our homes with. They may even be not very different from ourselves.”

Written by Kimmela Executive Director Lori Marino and Emory University Prof. Christina M. Colvin, the paper is entitled Thinking Pigs: Cognition, Emotion, and Personality – An Exploration of the Cognitive Complexity of Sus Domesticus, The Domestic Pig.

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Announcement and Call for Presentations


At the Superpod5 event July 19th 2016 on San Juan Island, WA.

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.

An opportunity for students and young professionals working on marine mammal protection to share their work with an international group of scientists, marine mammal training and care experts, and advocates.

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Sea Sanctuaries for Cetaceans: A Growing Reality

On December 13th, Dr. Lori Marino of The Kimmela Center and Dr. Naomi Rose of 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 key issues relevant to developing and maintaining a coastal sanctuary 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 Society, but there are none anywhere in the world yet for dolphins and whales.

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