Raising a Wild Child: A New Film From the Born Wild Project

A new film by an "estrogen powerhouse" shows that free time in nature teaches youngsters independence, physical coordination, problem solving, and important social and play skills.

Lab Rat's Pinker and Relaxed Ears Tell Us They're Feeling OK

New research shows there are facial indicators of positive emotions in rats. We are obliged to pay attention to these signs and use them on an individual's behalf.

Do Dogs Really Bite Someone for "No Reason at All"? Take Two

A comment on an essay made me think about why dogs do what they they do. The writer claimed a dog bit her humans and perhaps Cesar Millan for "no reason at all." I disagree.

Older Dogs: Giving Elder Canines Lots of Love and Good Lives

Photographer Jane Klonsky's new book called "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love," with its deeply moving stories and beautiful photos, is an inspirational and essential read.

Dogs Remember More Than You Think

A new study shows dogs display episodic memory and remember far more than we give them credit for. While many people already "knew" this, it's nice to have the science back us up.

White House Turkey Pardon Confuses President: Humane-Washing

The traditional White House pardon of a single turkey and Temple Grandin's "stairway to heaven" on which food cows stumble at the end of their lives are confusing feel good scams.

Stairways to Heaven, Temples of Doom, and Humane-Washing

Around Thanksgiving it seems as if people do more soul-searching about who they eat because advertisements show that many millions of birds, pigs, and cows die for our meal plans.

Chimpanzees Get by With a Little Help From Their Friends

The Beatles claimed we get by with a little help from our friends, and recent research on wild chimpanzees shows this is so. Friends and family help to reduce social stress.

In Ralph Nader's New Book, Animals Speak for Themselves

In Ralph Nader's new book animals hold "The Great Talkout" and tell us what they want and need. In an interview with Mr. Nader he tells us about "Animal Envy" and much more.

Journey: The True Story of the Most Famous Wolf in the West

A new children's book about wolf OR7's 2000 mile trek is a must read for all. In it we read about a young girl's efforts help make OR7 “too famous to kill" and she was successful.

Videos of Kids Going Face-to-face With Dogs Set Bad Examples

Videos of kids going face-to-face with dogs are cute but set bad examples of what could turn out to be bad news for the youngsters, their families, and of course the dog.

Happy Bees: Bumblebees Show Dopamine-Based Positive Emotions

After eating a sugary treat, bumblebees displayed optimistic behavior. When dopamine was blocked, data suggest bees experienced a change in mood, not just increased energy.

Farm to Fable: Examining the Culture of Animal Consumption

In his book "Farm to Fable' Robert Grillo critically examines why the culture of eating other animals and animal products exists despite the availability of numerous alternatives.

Lab Chimpanzees Headed to Sanctuary Despite Lobbying Efforts

A disturbing dispute is brewing over the retirement of laboratory chimpanzees to Chimp Haven because of resistance by the National Association for Biomedical Research.

For the Love of a Ball: Dogs as Conservation Biologists

Dogs have been a great benefit for helping conservation biologists and they enjoy the work. Here is an fascinating interview with Pete Coppolillo of Working Dogs for Conservation.

Homo Denialus: Mice Aren't Animals, Climate Change Is Real

How can we easily deny anything we choose to oppose? Some who claim climate change is real deny the fact that mice and rats are animals.

Secret Service Dogs: How Their Work Is Vital to Our Safety

A new book called "Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States" explains how these hidden heroes serve to protect presidents and us.

"State of the Animals 2016": An Interview With Ralph Nader

In a radio interview Ralph Nader and I had an informed discussion about the cognitive and emotional lives of nonhuman animals and how we use them in various human-centered venues.

Voracious Science: A Journey from Animal User to Advocate

Dr. John Gluck's new book called "Voracious Science" details his courageous and deeply personal ethical transformation from animal researcher to animal protector.

"Whispers From the Wild" Asks Us to Imagine the Unimaginable

Renowned animal communicator Amelia Kinkade poignantly reminds us we're immersed in a fascinating world of nonhuman animals who depend on us and on whom we depend for our survival.

Wild Chimpanzee Moms Teach Youngsters to Use Tools: A First

Videos show mothers transferring termite-fishing probes to youngsters to teach them to use these tools to gather food. All criteria for calling it "teaching" are fulfilled.

Theory of Mind and Play: Ape Exceptionalism Is Too Narrow

A narrow focus on great apes exclusively or nearly exclusively having a ToM excludes possibilities in other animals. Here I offer that social play is a good place to look for ToM.

Hunting for Fun on National Refuges is Just Fine, Says USFWS

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has redefined the word "refuge." Hunting and fishing will now be allowed on 13 refuges where animals are supposed to feel safe.

Research Shows How Animals Decide to Escape From Predators

A recent book summarizes much of what we know from comparative empirical research about the decisions a wide variety of animals make to avoid becoming a meal for predators.

World Animal Day 2016: Let's Celebrate Animals Every Day

Growing interest in World Animal Day is wonderful news for other animals but there’s still a lot of work to be done. If you can do something for other animals you must.

Murderous Humans Are Not "Acting Like Animals"

An essay called "The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence" has attracted a lot of global media attention. But, we shouldn't blame our murderous tendencies on other animals.

Matthieu Ricard's "A Plea for the Animals" Is a Must Read

Matthieu Ricard's new book is one of the best in asking us to respect other animals and treat them with compassion. It is a game changer. It is indeed too late to be pessimistic.

The Animal Welfare Act Claims Rats and Mice Are Not Animals

As the 50th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act is celebrated let's restore rodents to the animal kingdom. Studies also show bad welfare is bad for animals and bad for science.

The Psychology of Killing Wolves, Cats, and other Animals

There are many unrelenting wars on a wide variety of animals. Often people who go out and kill animals say they actually love them. We need more psychological studies in this area.

Bonobo Females Form Tight Alliances and Use French Ticklers

A new study shows bonobo females form tight cross-generational groups. In addition to practicing all forms of sex and dominating males, bonobo sisterhood is a hot research topic.

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