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.

The Harambe Effect: The Legacy of a Gorilla Provocateur

In the aftermath of killing the gorilla Harambe, conservation psychologists and anthrozoologists can play a large role in being sure he didn't die in vain.

Pit Bulls: The Psychology of Breedism, Fear, and Prejudice

Bronwen Dickey's new book "Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon" is a thorough analysis of how these highly variable dogs became transformed into dangerous fiends.

Why Was the Gorilla Harambe Killed at the Cincinnati Zoo?

Harambe was killed to save a 4-year-old boy who fell into his cage. Numerous people are outraged and saddened by this tragedy.

Nature Rx: Two Must See Videos to Get You Off Your Bum

Two short films called "Nature Rx Part 1" and "Nature Rx Part 2: Discover your dose of nature" deserve serious attention from conservation psychologists and other researchers.

Shark Personalities: A Shark Isn't a Shark Isn't a Shark

Individual personalities among members of the same species are widespread and must be considered when we talk casually about "the shark," "the dog," or any other animals.

Why Dogs Belong Off-Leash: It's Win-Win for All

A recent essay argues it's best for dogs and humans for dogs to be off-leash as long as people are responsible for their dog. Research shows too many people are not.

We Don't Know if Dogs Feel Guilt So Stop Saying They Don't

Myths about dog behavior abound. Individual differences must be appreciated and it's essential to get things right so dogs and humans can live together as harmoniously as possible.

Insect Brain Capable of Conscious Subjective Experiences

Just when you think we know it all, researchers propose that insect brains support "a capacity for subjective experience."

Heart of a Lion: The Biography of a Peripatetic Predator

William Stolzenburg's new book "Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America" shows why we must value rather than categorically malign and kill "dangerous" animals.

Fishes Know, Feel, and Care: A Humane Revolution in Progress

Fishes aren't unfeeling streams of protein but rather experience streams of consciousness. The animals' agenda is harming us "in the name of humans" needs to stop.

Horses, Cows, and Fish: Their Rich and Deep Emotional Lives

Comparative research on animal emotions is burgeoning and it's easy to learn what they want and need. The animals' agenda is to be treated with respect and dignity.

Should Female Dogs Be Used as Puppy Mill Breeding Machines?

In "What Is a Dog?" we're told females should breed as many males possible and unwanted—non-standard—pups be killed.

Are You Ready to Give Another Animal the Best Life Possible?

Are you prepared to give a companion animal the very best life they can have in your care? A new book called "Run, Spot, Run" clearly lays out the deep commitment it really takes.

Nature's Perfect Partners: A PBS Film on Animal Cooperation

Watch fascinating footage of animals of the same and different species working together to achieve win-win outcomes for all.

What's Happening When Dogs Play Tug-of-War? Dog Park Chatter

When dogs play tug-of-war, there's a lot more going on than competition.

Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animal Nature

Similar evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and other animals.

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