Goofing Off: Psychological & Physical Benefits of Having Fun

Playing for the hell of it, simply because it's fun, is very important to do. Nonhuman animals do it with great vigor and joy, and so too should human animals. It's good for all.

Dominance in Free-Ranging Dogs: Age and Social Tolerance

A detailed study of five packs of unowned free-ranging mixed-breed dogs in different areas of Italy shows they form age-graded linear dominance hierarchies with little fighting.

Dogs Growl Honestly and Women Understand Better Than Men

A new study shows humans can classify dog growls and women do it better than men. Dogs honestly communicate their size and emotions in serious contests but less so during play.

Even Vegans Die: Leaving a Legacy of Caring and Compassion

A new book called "Even Vegans Die" is a valuable guide for animal advocates. It empowers people to make the best decisions regarding their own health and advocacy for animals.

Grief in Prairie Dogs: Mourning a Death in the Family

I saw a unique interaction between an adult prairie dog and road-killed youngster. She pulled the corpse off the road, touched it lightly, and vocalized, perhaps saying good-bye.

If We Could Talk With the Prairie Dogs, Just Imagine it ...

Renowned Northern Arizona University researcher Dr. Con Slobodchikoff argues we can talk with these linguistic rodents and learn a lot about the evolution of language from them.

Veterinary Ethics: Life & Death Decisions in the Real World

Making decisions about animal suffering in a wide variety of venues isn't easy, and doing the "right" thing can be extremely trying. Veterinarians need to be trained in ethics.

It's Still Not Happening at the Zoo: Sharp Divisions Remain

An international meeting about zoo reform brought together an eclectic group of people. Yet, the question if animals should be held captive was dismissed by some as irrelevant.

Dogs Want and Need Much More Than They Usually Get From Us

A video called Downward Dog and an essay about stress show when we say, "It's a dog's life" to suggest things are wonderful, this isn't necessarily so for numerous companion dogs.

Pissing Matches in Dogs: Territorial, Lots of Fun, or Both?

We really don't know what dogs are talking about when they over-mark or counter-mark as it becomes a game of peeing to their heart's content. Surely, they can and do piss us off.

Did Szenja the Polar Bear Die of a Broken Heart?

It's highly likely that Szenja, a polar bear at SeaWorld, died of a heartache after her best friend of 20 years, Snowflake, was shipped to the Pittsburgh Zoo to make more bears.

Animal Envy, by Ralph Nader: A Review

Ralph Nader's visionary fable, Animal Envy, was motivated by his mostly unknown but obviously longstanding concern for animals. The core message: Animals and humans need one other.

Mice Aren't Furry Little People: Sloppy Science Fails Humans

"Most potential new drugs fail when they're tested in people. These failures are not only a major disappointment, they sharply drive up the cost of developing new drugs." (NPR)

Do Donkeys Act? A Myth-Busting Film about Endearing Beings

In "Do Donkeys Act?" donkeys themselves show us who they truly are. This film subverts the notion of the “dumb beast” and portrays donkeys as deeply emotional and caring beings.

Rabbits, Fish, and Even Crickets Are Good for Mental Health

Many different nonhuman animals are able to help people feel more positively and see the light of day. And, it's not only animals of the cuddly kind, but also fish and insects.

Get Down and Dirty With Your Dog: Bow, Hug, and Tug

Playing with and hugging your dog can be a great way to maintain a special bond, as long as it's done on their terms.

Trumping Rodents: Scientists Benefit by Supporting Alt-Facts

The Animal Welfare Act maintains that rats and mice are not animals, but they are. When such alt-facts are presented as facts, researchers should vigorously and openly protest.

Why Men Trophy Hunt: Showing Off and the Psychology of Shame

If the "hunting for status" hypothesis is correct, then shaming could be an effective strategy for those opposed because shaming tends to erode the status that trophy hunters seek.

Animals Need More Freedom, Not Bigger Cages

As the late Tom Regan stressed, "...the only adequate moral response to vivisection is empty cages, not larger cages." Animals in all human dominated venues need more freedom.

The Inner Life of Cats Reveals Fascinating Feline Secrets

A new book called The Inner Life of Cats blends science and stories and shows that these fascinating, mysterious animals are sentient individuals who are loving and social beings.

iSpeakDog: A Website Devoted to Becoming Dog Literate

This new website teaches people how to understand their dog's behavior and is meant for dog guardians, trainers, groomers, veterinarians, and anyone else who interacts with dogs.

The Animals' Agenda: An interview About Animal Well-Being

A new book titled "The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age" argues animal welfare needs to be replaced with the science of animal well-being.

Bowsers on Botox: Dogs Get Eye Lifts, Tummy Tucks, and More

Just when you think you've heard it all, we learn dogs get face lifts, lip tucks, and testicular implants as part of a thriving industry to make them more lovable and cuddly.

Why Would a Chimpanzee Use a Tool to Clean a Corpse's Teeth?

A novel observation of a female chimpanzee cleaning a corpse's teeth raises many fascinating questions. This discovery forces us to consider what other animals know about death.

Beasts of Burden: Disability and Animal Liberation Revisited

A new book by disability and animal activist Sunaura Taylor, clearly outlines the close relationship between these two movements that deal with marginalized and vulnerable beings.

The Lube Effect: Dogs Foster Cooperation and Trust in Humans

A new study shows dogs serve as social lubricants to help people get along better. When a dog is present, humans are friendlier, more trusting, more active, and more enthusiastic.

Can Humans Truly Connect With Nature by Eating a Big Mac?

Does meat eating connect us with nature and with ourselves? A recent essay unconvincingly claims it's important for attuning ourselves to the animal world and our animal natures.

Rather Than Kill Animals "Softly," Don't Kill Them at All

"Efforts to control wildlife should begin wherever possible by altering the human practices that cause human–wildlife conflict and by developing a culture of coexistence."

Why People Buy Dogs Who They Know Will Suffer and Die Young

A study of French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Cairn Terriers highlights why people choose to buy dogs who they know will have short, miserable lives.

Dolphins Who Hang With Mates Display a Positive Spin on Life

Dolphins who swim together display positive emotions and seem to be more optimistic than those who don't. This cognitive bias lasts for around two months.

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