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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
"They're not unconditional love muffins who accept anything that happens and go on as if nothing had happened." We may learn a lot watching them play.
Dogs differentiate happy from angry human faces, oxytocin increases attention to happy faces, and their brains have a dedicated region for processing facial expressions.
New research shows that many journals have no ethical standards and that grossly inhumane methods, including the use of strychnine-laced baits, often pass peer-review.
Eileen Crist's book, "Abundant Earth: Toward an Ecological Civilization," offers proactive solutions to stop human domination and losses in biodiversity.
Dogs sense their worlds using smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing, often using information from a potpourri of inputs.
A book titled "Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too" uses science and stories to explore the depth and complexity of the role of pets in our lives.
In an essay written with two formerly homeless men we learn about dogs as social catalysts, how dogs absorb empathy, how they reflect emotions, and shared emotions as social glue.
A growing number of people, including conservation psychologists, are very concerned about their brutal war on wildlife, the goal of which is to kill all invasive "pests" by 2050.
A new research project discovered chimpanzees living in DRC using a new tool kit with four different tools—but other populations are losing their cultures due to human intrusions.
An encyclopedic book summarizes 234 primate reintroductions involving about 24,000 individuals. Reintroduction is not the method of choice for primate conservation.
Many people who live with a dog will have to say goodbye to them. Comparisons with how wild animals die are fraught with error and shouldn't be used to make life-death decisions.
March 23 is National Puppy Day, but we should celebrate their presence in our lives and unleash them to give them maximum freedoms each and every day. It's good for them and us.
Dogs rescued from abusive situations need a lot of support and love to be successfully rehomed. It must be more than a "feel good" move by researchers who decide to do so.
Beagles are force-fed fungicides and killed in a Michigan lab. The EPA doesn't require these horrific experiments, but they're required in Brazil, and they're done here.
Why do so many racehorses die? Their shockingly high death rates are avoidable if they weren't forced to run for human entertainment and money.
Many companion dogs live highly constrained lives. Luckily, there's a lot we can do to give them more freedom and allow them to be dogs.
Frans de Waal's "Mama's Last Hug" summarizes much of what we know about animal emotions and sentience and raises important ethical questions on how we must use this information.
Different forms of dogs' play integrate a frenetic and continuous potpourri of touch, sight, sound, and perhaps smell as they joyfully romp around, often just for the hell of it.
While some pet euthanasia services do important work, watch out for those that spread myths about how wild animals supposedly die compared to companion animals.
A recent book called "Domestication Gone Wild: Politics and Practices of Multispecies Relations" is an extremely interesting collection of wide ranging transdisciplinary essays.
There's more than enough comparative scientific data that clearly show that other animals experience a wide range of different emotions and naysayers are blatantly wrong.
Dogs' ears come in many shapes and sizes. More than 18 muscles control them, which allows for nuanced movements that make them both perceptive and expressive.
There's no general answer, and it mostly depends on the individual dog and specific context. It's high time to put myths to sleep.
To become fluent in dog, it's essential to know how dogs' eyes work. Visual signals alone and in combination with those involving other senses are important in dogs' social worlds.
Many birds engage in social play and might just "play for the hell of it" just like other animals. They chase one another, dive-bomb, get exercise, and may have fun doing it.
Ground scratching may be used for spreading scent or leaving a visual mark, or it may be part of a composite signal.
Dogs are touched in many situations. Some like it and some don't, and it's essential to honor what they're telling us.
A video from Animal Aid Unlimited, India, provides a crash course on our canine companions' feelings.
Dogs don't agree with what we find icky, nasty, gross, rank, disgusting, or foul. While we gag and don't want to share what's in their mouths, dogs' taste buds are working well.
After I watched Bernie, a huge mutt sniff for 36 seconds, his human companion told me, "His walk is for him and I let him sniff as much as he likes to fill his nasal needs."
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.