A new relationship with animals, nature and each other.

About the Team

Michael MountainEditor: Michael was President and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, the largest sanctuary for companion animals. Best Friends pioneered the no-kill movement from its inception in the early 1990s, with adoption and spay/neuter programs all over the country, and in just over a decade the number of animals being killed in shelters had dropped from 15 million each year to less than 5 million. Today, the no-kill movement is firmly established and Best Friends continues its work for homeless pets.

Meanwhile, millions of other kinds of animals are losing their homes all over the planet. At the grassroots level, a new pioneering effort is called for, and Michael works with various organizations and grassroots groups to help transform the way we relate to our fellow animals, to nature and to each other.

Lori Marino – Science Advisor: Lori is senior lecturer in psychology at Emory University, and is considered the leading expert on the brains of dolphins and the intelligence of marine mammals. She is the founder of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on applying science and scholarship to animal advocacy.

Steven Wise – Legal: Steve is the founder and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is the only organization working toward actual legal rights for members of species other than our own.  Its mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty.

Bonney Brown – Companion Animals: Bonney is the Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society, and the original director of the No More Homeless Pets Campaign at Best Friends Animal Society.

Hal Herzog – Psychology & Anthropology: Hal is Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat – Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.

Ingrid Fromm – Web Manager. Ingrid is former TV producer for Cablevision’s Local Programming and Web Producer for News 12 Interactive and then Web Manager for North Shore Animal League America.

Bob Wolf – Logo Design: Bob is the founder of Wolf Design Partners. Many of his logos are immediately recognizable. Bank of America, Gillette, Qwest, BellSouth, Lockheed Martin, Exxon, Komatsu, United Parcel Service, RJ Reynolds, Navistar, Shipley Energy, Unisys and the Ford Motor Company are among those who have benefited from his talents.