Dogs: When They Smell Their Pee They Know It's "Me"

A new & novel study about self-recognition by dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz taps into what's happening in a dog's brain when their nose goes to work sniffing different odors.

Animal Well-Being, Compassionate Conservation, and Rewilding

In an interview with the Charter for Animal Compassion's Rob Percival, we discuss the importance of treating other animals with deep respect and the value of personal rewilding.

Wolves and Cows: Individual and Organizational Conflicts

Killing wolves in Washington causes personal conflicts. Some groups say they're against killing but don't publicly say no, and some individuals who work for them want to but don't.

Zoos Shall Not Kill Healthy Animals: A Moral Imperative

Zoos kill healthy animals when they don't fit into their breeding program. They call it management euthanasia, but it isn't euthanasia, but rather "zoothanasia," and it should end.

Dogs: Putting Selection for "Tameness" To Sleep

Mark Derr offers evidence that dogs and humans were made for each other. He argues that sociability, along with a​ delayed onset of fear, were the keys for wolves to become dogs.

Sentience is Everywhere: Indeed, It's an Inconvenient Truth

In a piece called Studies in Sentience Tell Us Ours is a World of Many Centres, Arita Joshi rightfully argues that sentience can be found in all sorts of beings. We are not alone.

Captive: A New Book About Zoos Is a Game Changer

Renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur's new book called "Captive" will touch your heart and soul. The images of zooed animals show just how much needs to be done on their behalf.

Violence Toward Animals: "Can You Please Help My Daughter?"

Some New Zealand schools encourage kids to kill animals and partake in the "dead possum dress-up." A request for help and an essay with horrific images resulted in this essay.

Who's Really Defending Wildlife As Wolves Are "Removed"?

The war on wildlife in the United States presents some very surprising twists as wolves are being set up and sold out and various organizations don't speak out on their behalf.

The Whale Sanctuary Project: Saying No Thanks to Tanks

Captive cetaceans have highly compromised lives. They need all the help they can get. Dr. Lori Marino tells us about a new project committed to improving individuals' well-being.

Ravens Plan for the Future; Rats Know When They've Forgotten

Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.

The Charter for Animal Compassion for Non-Humans and Humans

The soon-to-be-launched Charter for Animal Compassion champions the science of animal sentience and envisions "a world in which human and non-human animals flourish."

Helping Traumatized Animals with "Hugs, Drugs and Choices"

Work at Australian sanctuaries offers valuable suggestions for helping traumatized animals overcome the conditions from which they suffer. They feel, they hurt, and they need help.

Zoo Ethics and the Challenges of Compassionate Conservation

Jenny Gray's new book called "Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation" is an important contribution to wide-ranging debates about keeping animals in captivity.

Imprinting Kids for Violence Toward Animals

By calling on youngsters to kill animals, many New Zealanders, including educators, are using well-known psychological principles to advance their agenda. Violence begets violence.

Wild Lioness Nurses a Baby Leopard: An Intriguing Odd Couple

Unexpected friendly encounters among wild carnivores are rare and eye-catching. Called "odd couples," we don't know why they form and it's best to keep an open mind about them.

Scapegoating Possums: Science, Psychology, and Words of War

Killing possums by youngsters has generated local and global condemnation. The science, psychology, and hype behind New Zealand's war on wildlife are highly questionable.

Long-Term Effects of Violence Toward Animals by Youngsters

Encouraging youngsters to kill other animals can have devastating and enduring effects. A phenomenon called "the link" should concern New Zealanders as they wage war on wildlife.

Animal Heartbreak: Each Individual's Feelings Matter to Them

Two things people misunderstand about animals is that each individual’s feelings are important to them and "smarter" animals don't suffer more than "less intelligent" animals.

Seabird Parents Communicate How They're Feeling via Preening

Common Murres negotiate parental duties and coordinate efforts by preening. If one parent isn't feeling well they tell the other so they can switch duties to help their children.

Youngsters Encouraged to Kill Possum Joeys in New Zealand

New Zealand schools need formal courses in humane education rather encouraging killing animals for money. Some want to make possum hunts mandatory so kids learn to respect them.

How We Can Become Better People Through Teamwork with Dogs

A new book stresses the importance of humans and dogs growing together as a team and benefits for both.

Animals Need More Freedom and Clearly Let Us Know This is So

Animals have rich inner lives, but their treatment doesn't reflect this. In an interview about, and excerpt from, The Animals' Agenda, Jessica Pierce and I discuss why this is so.

The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and the Canine Soul

A new book by Andrew Root called The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul ponders the deep meaning and mystery of dog-human relationships.

Dogs: Do "Calming Signals" Always Work or Are They a Myth?

An essay by Dr. Karen London called "Should we call these canine behaviors calming signals?" about the effects of various actions cautions how much we still have to learn.

Trumping Animals and Their Homes: Seeing Light in Dark Times

It's a tough time for animals. We need to overcome negativity, resist compassion and empathy fatigue, maintain hope, and keep our dreams alive.

Two Captive Elephants Save a Youngster From Drowning

A 45-second video of a young elephant named Hope being saved by two adults could change people's views about the emotional lives of other animals. Watch them keep Hope alive.

Australia's War on Wildlife: Why Welfare Fails Individuals

A study of shooting feral horses from helicopters raises many ethical questions about "Killing For Conservation" (KFC).

Pope Francis, Conservation Psychology, Science, and Earth

The Pope's encyclical letter on care for our common home has many very important ideas that are closely related to conservation psychology, anthrozoology, and the role of science.

Switzerland: Fish Need Friends, Dogs Need Competent Humans

Swiss animal protection laws set an admirable standard. Guinea pigs and goldfish must have companions, dogs must be exercised, and clipping their ears and tails is forbidden.