Lori Marino, Ph.D.

Lori Marino is the Nonhuman Rights Project Science Director. She is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. She is also the founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, Inc.

She is the author of over 80 publications on dolphin and whale brain anatomy and evolution, comparative intelligence and self-awareness in dolphins and primates, and the ethical dimensions of human-nonhuman relationships, including dolphin-assisted therapy and swim programs, as well as elephant-assisted therapy. She serves as an expert witness and consultant on the effects of captivity on animals and the claims of the captivity industry. She teaches animal intelligence, animal welfare, and other courses.

8 Responses to “Lori Marino, Ph.D.”
  1. Mark says:

    You are amazing Lori,
    Keep up the good work. Help us humans evolve.

  2. John Anderson says:

    I’m a conflicted meat eater, and have been for some time, especially as regards pork. 55 years ago my 3rd grade teacher read Charlotte’s web to the class and I have seen nothing since to suggest that pigs are anything less than thinking, feeling entities on a par with dogs.

  3. Awesome project! I just saw Blackfish opening night. It was great of you to address questions and elaborate. I wish Blackfish & The Cove went mainstream in all the theaters. Intelligent, social, and emotional beings shouldn’t be bought or sold. Tanks and cages are awful. These animals need a voice. India does have it right regarding cetaceans!

  4. Pro-cap says:

    I am a pro-cap who has not seen Blackfish but has read Death at SeaWorld. I would like to bring this article to your attention:


    Please don’t judge the article or its author by the title, but read it through and listen to what she’s saying. Thank you.

  5. Ethics for Some? says:

    I find it highly ironic that you advocate for animal rights, and freedom from captivity. You do realize you work for an organization, Emory University, which is connected to one of the largest primate labs in the country (Yerkes National Primate Research Center). You are being hypocritical. Shame on you for bashing zoo’s and then supporting an organization that does keep captive intelligent animals.

    • Admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. FYI, Dr. Marino is leaving her work at Emory Univ. to focus on her own organization, The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, whose mission is to apply knowledge, research, science and education to bring an end to the exploitation and abuse of nonhuman animals. http://www.kimmela.org.

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