Defenders of Wildlife Supports Killing Wolves: Livestock Win

This shocking decision presents many challenges to conservation psychologists, anthrozoologists, and those interested in compassionate conservation.

Frigatebirds Sleep While Flying: Somnambulism Gone Wild

No friggin' kidding, frigatebirds can fly for weeks on end by power napping in ten-second bursts with only one side of their brain.

Chimpanzees Choose to Cooperate Rather Than to Compete

Comparative research continues to show humans aren't unique in displaying cooperative behavior. Nonhuman primates, other mammals, along with birds and fishes, show cooperation.

Some Dogs Prefer Praise and a Belly Rub Over Treats

New neuroimaging and behavioral research show some dogs prefer praise to treats as a reward. Saying "good dog" and rubbing a belly are great ideas for training/teaching dogs.

Valuing Dogs More Than War Victims: Bridging the Empathy Gap

In a recent essay Nicholas Kristof writes, "If only, I thought, we valued kids in Aleppo as much as we did our terriers." Why do we offer more empathy to dogs than to some humans?

Killer Whales Trained as Performers Suffer Psychologically

A new essay called "Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement" shows how being trained to perform results in heightened aggression.

Pets on the Couch: Do Animals Need Freud and Pfizer?

Animal psychiatry is a rapidly growing field and Dr. Nicholas Dodman's new book called Pets on the Couch is a must read for all who choose to share their home with another animal.

Doomsday for Dogs? Are Declines in Fertility Due to Food?

Males of five purebred dogs are showing declines in sperm motility. Are dogs "canaries in the coal mine" indicating serious environmental effects on food and reproduction?

The Emotional Lives of Chimeras: Challenges to Anthrozoology

Plans to lift the ban on animal-human chimera research by the National Institutes of Health is a bad idea that raises numerous ethical issues that challenge anthrozoology.

The 100 Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the United States

A recent comprehensive study is a must read for all who choose to share their home with another animal. I'm sure you'll be as surprised as I was about some of the results.

Labeling Non-Native Animals: The Psychology of Name Calling

The ways we refer to other animals influence how we treat them. Recent assaults on non-natives, often called invasive, can have dire consequences for the animals and ecosystems.

The Neurobiology of Musicality in Animals: We're Not Unique

Ronan the sea lion can keep the beat better than any other animal, a study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience found. Humans are not the only beat-keepers.

Humpback Whales Rescue Animals From Orcas Around the World

Why do humpback whales rescue other animals from killer whale attacks? It's not clear but these fascinating observations show how much there is to learn about animal behavior.

Rocky, an Orangutan, Mimics Human Vocalizations: A First

We're not unique in the ability to match the frequency, pitch, tone, and duration of sounds. Rocky, a female orangutan, was able to match "wookies" with a human.

The Secret Life of Pets: A Worthy Portrayal of Them and Us

An essay about a very popular movie and the hundreds of comments it generated raise numerous issues about our choices to share our homes with other animals.

Australia to Kill Goats Using Self-Destructing Dingoes

Australia's plan to kill goats using dingoes implanted with a time-activated poison challenges conservation psychology and anthrozoology as do New Zealand's "management" plans.

United Nations Harmony with Nature Stresses Justice for All

The U. N.'s harmony with nature initiative stresses global justice in which societies of humans are viewed as part of a wider community that incorporates animal societies.

Bird Brains: Size Doesn't Matter But Number of Neurons Does

New research shows that "large numbers of neurons concentrated in high densities in the telencephalon substantially contribute to the neural basis of avian intelligence."

Animals as Persons: Can We Scale Intelligence or Sentience?

"When is an animal a person?" Trying to decide is very difficult but many are working on achieving this goal. But, can we truly compare intelligence or sentience across species?

Deep Eco-Psychology, Non-Violent Activism, and Science

A new wide-ranging book titled "Codex Orféo" by author and filmmaker Michael Tobias blends science with fiction and calls for the end of violence and a renaissance of virtue.

Dogs, Dominance, and Guilt: We've Got to Get Things Right

It's essential to acknowledge what we know about dogs and not suppress, ignore, deny, or misuse data. Dogs form dominance relationships but that's not license to dominate them.

Dogs Display Dominance: Deniers Offer No Credible Debate

"Dominance-in-dog deniers" don't understand what dominance is all about, conflate it with fighting, and ignore important comparative data from studies of dogs and other animals.

Female Elephants Take Over for Moms: Resilience to Poaching

Elephant daughters follow in their mother's footsteps after they die. This example of social resilience gives hope that unrelenting poaching may not mean the end of elephants.

Captive Whales Deeply Suffer Psychologically, Experts Agree

Experts across the board, including leaders in animal welfare science, agree that captive cetaceans are psychologically ill and cannot adequately be kept in tiny water cages.

Florida Bear Hunt Cancelled: Win for Conservation Psychology

A milestone for conservation psychology and compassionate conservation that amply displays the guiding principles of both rapidly growing international fields of inquiry.

Making Chickens Happier at Perdue: What's a Useful Response?

The move by Perdue to make chickens happier is a nod in the right direction, can be used to keep activists active and hopeful, but isn't close to being enough.

Dogs in Crates, Gorillas in Cages: Woes of Captive Breeding

Dogs are wonderful metaphors for questions about what we do to other animals as they try to survive "the rage of humanity." If you won't do it to a dog, why do it to other animals?

The Psychology of Human-Nonhuman Selfies: Why the Epidemic?

Why do people want pictures of themselves with other animals that harm the animals? The "selfie phenomenon" is getting out of hand and according to some, is an epidemic.

Coyote America: The Evolution of Human-Animal Relationships

A new book on coyotes is a well-researched study of human-animal relationships and how they have changed for the worst in an increasingly human dominated world.

Fishes Recognize Human Faces: Why the Empathy Gap?

More and more research shows just how smart and emotional fishes truly are.

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