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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
An essay called "Out of the Doghouse, Into the Bed" is very human-centered, and suggests that dogs in need be banned from bedding down near or with their human companions.
"Telling your dog every hour that she’s a really good dog makes you realize that goodness is a thing to be honored."
Dogs used in war work very hard, yet when they return home they're mistreated as if they're disposable objects. The Department of Defense agrees and positive changes are planned.
New research shows adult dogs prefer high-pitched dog-relevant words spoken rhythmically and emotionally. This sort of dog-speak improves dogs' attention and may influence bonding.
Hope Ferdowsian tells us about Phoenix Zones, sanctuaries where great care is given to creating peace, strength, and hope and where humans and nonhumans are treated with dignity.
The pricey cloning industry preys on our love for dogs, turning something beautiful into something ugly. We rarely here about the heavy price donor dogs pay to make more of them.
Research shows that when dogs track a scent, they have future thoughts and expectations of what they'll find at the end of the trail, regardless of their education.
Dogs rescued from shelters, abusive homes, pet shops, and other situations have many redeeming qualities. They offer many wonderful lessons about the value of hard work and love.
A comprehensive RSPCA report offers very important data about how we relate to dogs. While there's some good news, many people still don't use what they know on their dog's behalf.
A fascinating study of hunter-gatherers and rice farmers shows how cultural differences influence smell detection and the vocabulary that is used to refer to different odors.
An essay "Need a Date? Get a Dog," says nothing about the dog's well-being. It extols how dogs can be used, but ignores what's in it for the dogs. Dogs aren't bargaining chips.
Matabele ants treat wounded nest-mates by assessing the damage and then licking their injuries. This is the first observation of nonhuman animals routinely caring for others.
I was surprised to read a quote, "But everything in a dog’s life is pretty short-lived. It’s over quickly." This is not so. When they say, "Not today, please" they really mean it.
A study of Japanese people who share their homes with dogs and cats shows that the strength of attachment they form relates to the attribution of different emotions to the animals.
A video showing New Zealand youngsters being taught to kill "pests" should be of concern because of the link between violence toward nonhuman animals and violence toward humans.
An essay "Zoophilia: A Hidden Horror for Animals" that offers a brief summary about what is known about humans having all sorts of sex with other animals is disturbingly shocking.
The study of canine cognition generates a lot of detailed data showing general trends and highlighting a good deal of individual variability showing "the dog" doesn't really exist.
A review of 17 international research papers studied the extent, nature, and quality of the evidence that living with a companion animal had positive, negative, or neutral impacts.
An widely-circulated essay misleads readers to think dogs don't feel guilt. While we may not accurately read their guilt, we don't know what they feel.
Zoos routinely kill healthy animals to make room for more captive residents. This egregious practice is called "zoothanasia" because the individuals are not euthanized as claimed.
Many animals can make accurate assessments of quantity. Researchers say they have a quantitative sense of numbers, often called numerosity, even if they can't count like we do.
A new study shows laboratory rats reciprocally cooperate and follow "tit-for-tat." I help you because you previously helped me, when trading grooming for food and vice versa.
"There are no free lunches in the sexual marketplace": An interview with Michael Ryan about "A Taste for the Beautiful."
A new study reports dogs show a decline in attention span, but not selective attention, as they age, and that lifelong training can delay or reduce the decline in attentiveness.
The censure of James Corden for giving comfort puppies to Grammy losers is well deserved. Even if he wasn't ill-intentioned, this concern shows cruelty can't stand the spotlight.
A thorough summary of what we know about animal consciousness makes it clear skeptics who say something like, "We really don't know if animals are conscious" ignore solid science.
Dogs want and need to be showered with love, play, sniff, and know that their human has their best interests in mind, rather than be tormented by shock collars. Kudos to Scotland.
The bloody decision by some New Zealanders to try to return to what used to be by slaughtering millions of non-native animals is troubling from biological and ethical perspectives.
An Interview with Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book on animal emotions called "The Inner Life of Animals," a sequel to his best-seller "The Hidden Lives of Trees."
An email asking, "Do zoos really kill healthy animals?" didn't surprise me at all. Many zoos routinely kill healthy "surplus" animals as business as usual but it's not euthanasia.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.