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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
A new study shows some pre-schoolers benefit from playing with and walking their companion dogs, displaying fewer problems and more prosocial behavior than dogless kids.
A study of different populations of wild chimpanzees shows that culture, rather than function, underlies variations in tool use, and individuals conform to local customs when they move.
Labels used for "food animals" are effective psychological ploys for disguising who people are really eating and reducing dissonance.
An interview with Steve Mann, founder of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, about "Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy," which emphasizes using proven science-based and positive methods.
The Ontario (Canada) Federation of Agriculture falsely claims, "We simply do not know if animals are capable of reasoning and cognitive thought," defying science and reality.
Companion animals can be choosy about who they love, yet claims they offer unconditional love persist despite a lack of supporting data.
Stories about the resilience of spirit in the face of suffering and how grief, forgiveness, kindness, and compassion transcend all boundaries.
An interview with Peter Christie about his timely new book "Unnatural Companions," a cautionary tale in which he "issues a call to action" for responsible pet ownership.
Street smart vulpines show fascinating adaptions—including changes in muzzles, biting, and braincases—for living in human environs, but they're not domesticated animals like dogs.
I'm often asked questions like this and these sorts of queries have recently increased. My answer is simple: Working for nonhumans helps humans, and compassion begets compassion.
Free-ranging dogs form packs resembling wolf packs, but homed dogs and their humans don't establish these sorts of groups.
Compassionate conservation is based on the ethical position that actions to protect biodiversity should be guided by compassion rather than by killing.
A new and unique study shows, among other things, that first-time mothers who live with a companion animal perceive motherhood as less difficult than first-time mothers who don't.
Revisiting different aspects of animal emotions and animal sentience shows we know a lot, yet we still don't use much of this knowledge to protect them from intentional harms.
I heard this about a butt-sniffing dog along with, "You don't know if he's got COVID and you can't trace where he's been." Here are some updated community-focused rules of thumb.
Dogs, like many other animals, go through a tumultuous period called "wildhood," which has survived domestication, on the way to adolescence.
This unique collection of 25 firsthand stories by primatologists, veterinarians, primate sanctuary founders and directors, and others charts a path for compassionate change.
An interview with Dr. Anne Rose about her book "In the Hearts of the Beasts: How American Behavioral Scientists Rediscovered the Emotions of Animals."
An interview with filmmaker and activist Stephen Erickson about compassion for animals, self, the land, community, and democracy.
Australian poet David Brooks' beautifully written new book "chips away at the self-serving denials and falsehoods with which we think and write animals out of, rather than into, being."
In this interview, Dr. Goodall discusses why it's essential for humans and nonhumans to coexist peacefully and that every individual can make positive contributions every day.
Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, discusses humane education, environmental preservation, animal protection, and solutionaries.
A review shows how neurotoxic contaminants running amok beneath the surface strongly affect the behavior, cognitive performance, and fitness of fishes.
An interview with Rani Shah about her fact-based and insightful book "Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish," in which she tells us about "harnessing the rhythms of nature for self-care."
India's government declared feeding "streeties" to be an essential service. Here is a unique on-site view of their behavior and the people who care for them.
Wasps should be valued, not vilified. Only about one-third sting, they pollinate plants and perform many ecological services, and their venom likely has therapeutic value.
Despite our decimating countless animals and our magnificent planet during the "rage of inhumanity," we must work communally—hand-in-hand and hand-in-paw—to fix the messes.
An essay called "From Shepherd to Advocate" smacks of groundless claims.
An interview with Elin Kelsey about her book on how animals care for one another at the end of life—which also opens up avenues for kids to talk about dying and death.
Many youngsters enjoy being outdoors. When they can't be, here are some simple hands-on tips for how they can give thanks and express their wide-ranging hopes and dreams.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.