Highlights of the day include:
• Panel on the use of cetaceans in "entertainment" featuring Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose, neuroscientist and founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy Lori Marino -- both heavily featured in the documentary Blackfish -- and Ric O'Barry, founder of The Dolphin Project and featured in Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, which exposed the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, and its links to the marine park industry.
Steven Wise, director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, will describe his revolutionary work to win legal personhood for nonhuman animals in the courts, challenging the status of animals as property. His initial efforts have focused on chimpanzees and may be applied to elephants in the future.
• Gary Baum, author of Animals Were Harmed, the Hollywood Reporter's scathing exposé on the abuse and deaths of animals used in film and television, on a panel about the use of wild animals in these mediums.
• Primate expert Sarah Baeckler Davis, whose groundbreaking undercover work exposed the cruelty behind training nonhuman primates for entertainment, on a panel discussing the use of nonhuman primates for entertainment and as "pets."