The Kimmela Centre for Animal Advocacy was founded by Dr. Lori Marino who is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University. She is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and comparisons to primates.
Kimmela is a Native American word for butterfly, the most widely recognized symbol of transformation in nature. Kimmela are devoted to transforming our relationship with other animals from exploitation to respect by combining academic scholarship with animal advocacy.
It is the only organization focusing exclusively on bridging the gap between academic research and scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts. A “think and do tank” dedicated to moving beyond debate and theoretical discourse into real-world animal advocacy applications. It empowers animal advocacy by connecting it with science and scholarship in order to transform attitudes and behavior toward other animals.
They have a great website with links to a lot of other organisations doing important work in protecting and understanding our animal kin.
(article from the Kimmela website, edited by James O’Donovan)