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.

Pet Loss and Youngsters: It's the "Worst Day of Their Lives"

An essay by Juli Fraga called "When a Pet Dies, Helping Children Through the ‘Worst Day of Their Lives’" is a must read for everyone who has kids and a companion animal.

A Hierarchy of Dog Needs: Abraham Maslow Meets the Mutts

Linda Michaels' force-free training, adapted from Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, stresses gentle care and treatment, rewards, and choice. Being nice to your dog is key.

Monkeys Who Rob and Barter, Steal, and Then Ransom the Goods

Some so-called "mafia monkeys" living near an Indonesian temple have learned to steal and then sell back stolen goods to their owners. Not all monkeys run this ransom racket.

A Grieving Gorilla: A Picture That's Worth Entire Courses

A photo of a sad orphaned gorilla and a comforting human raises numerous questions about what other animals think and feel and the emotions shared in human-animal relationships.

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.

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