Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animal Nature

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

The Humane Economy: Making Compassion a Bottom Line Item

An interview with HSUS CEO and president Wayne Pacelle about his new book "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals."

Cheats and Deceits: Trickery and Deception Are Widespread

An excellent new book explains how animals and plants exploit and mislead.

Donkeys: If They Aren't Grieving What Are They Doing?

A recent video shows donkeys braying and interacting with a corpse. I don't know what they're thinking and feeling but surely they are grieving.

Should Grizzlies in the Yellowstone Area Be Trophy Hunted?

Iconic grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks may soon be put in the cross-hairs of trophy hunters if they are removed from the Endangered Species Act.

Hugging a Dog Is Just Fine When Done With Great Care

Dogs are not all unconditional lovers nor sponges for hugs, but saying "Don't ever hug a dog" is over the top given what we know.

On Comparisons Between Dogs and Wolves: What We Really Know

In two recent books about dogs: Beliefs don’t substitute for facts.

"Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?"

A new and important book by primatologist Frans de Waal considers the critical questions and data that center on the cognitive lives of a wide variety of nonhuman animals.

What Does It Feel Like to Be a Honeybee?

A new essay raises intriguing questions about which animals are conscious.

What Zoos Need to Do for Zoo’d Animals

Zoos must stop playing “musical animals” and "musical semen" and stop “zoothanizing” healthy animals whom they consider to be "surplus" or "useless" individuals.

As Smart Emotional Apes We're Not Alone So Let's Get Over It

An essay by researcher Frans de Waal makes us rethink and re-feel who we are and who other animals are. Research clearly shows the gulf between them and us is rapidly narrowing.

Bird Minds: An Outstanding Book About Australian Natives

Gisela Kaplan's encyclopedic book "Bird Minds" is a must read. You'll learn about crafty tool users, highly cooperative animals, thieves and sneaks, and wide-ranging emotions.

The Psychology of "Saving the World" in the Anthropocene

"The Adventures of Mr. Marigold" is a wide-ranging, encyclopedic novel that is very much about anthrozoology (the study of human-animal relationships) in the anthropocene.

Is "A Life Worth Living" a "Good Life" for Other Animals?

The phrase "A life worth living" is slowly creeping into discussions of animal welfare and is often used to replace the phrase a "good life." This is a condescending move.

Animal Reunions: A PBS Film on the Power of Trust and Love

This outstanding film has incredibly moving scenes and discussions about humans and formerly captive animals reuniting after years apart. It will air on PBS on March 30, 2016.

Country Birds Don't Get It: City Bullfinches Are Smarter

A new study shows city life changes cognition, behavior, and physiology. According to dating site farmersonly.com, "City folks just don't get it." Well, city birds clearly do.

85% of Americans Support Animal Protection: A Positive Shift

There have been positive shifts in attitudes toward animal protection and conservation psychology, conservation social work, and anthrozoology can lead the way forward.

Food Justice and Personal Rewilding as Social Movements

The profit-driven animal-industrial food complex is replete with significant violations of justice. Despite claims to the contrary, "food animals" suffer as they're being killed.

Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time

As a doctor working in human rights, Hope Ferdowsian's work is driven by a quest for social justice. Here’s why she believes justice for animals is the social movement of our time.

The World Becomes What We Teach: Humane Education Is Key

Renowned humane educator Zoe Weil's new book called "The World Becomes What We Teach" should be required reading for everyone especially all educators. It is a game changer.

Fish Determine Social Status Using Advanced Cognitive Skills

New research shows fish show enhanced cognitive skills and infer the social status of others of unknown status and may predict their own relationship to the unknown individuals.

An End to Orca Breeding and Swimming With Dolphins?

SeaWorld to end captive breeding of orcas, phase out shows, help rescue and rehabilitate animals, and change their menus. Conservation psychologists can help make further changes.

Transformational Resilience: My Go-To Book for Hope

Bob Doppelt's book called "Transformational Resilience: How Trauma-informed Responses to Climate Disruption Can Catalyze Positive Change" is a great read and game changer.

Secret Flight of Swaziland Elephants Avoids Legal Challenge

Seventeen elephants were quietly sent to the U.S. to avoid legal challenge. The psychology of dismissing those concerned as animal rights activists is self-serving and misleading.

Hooked on Meat: Evolution, Psychology, and Dissonance

Marta Zaraska's book called "Meathooked" analyzes our obsession with meat. It's fact-filled and non-preachy and an excellent read about why we're addicted to eating other animals.

How a Dog's Brain Processes Human Faces

New research using fMRI shows that the bilateral temporal cortex plays a key role in facial recognition in dogs.

Genitalia 101: The Pros and Cons of Elaborate Sex Organs

Genitalia are one of the most rapidly evolving organs with important insights into how we influence the lives of other animals. Learning about reproductive activities is critical.

Your Heart and Brain on Nature: a Scientific Update

Recent research is clearly showing that getting out into nature is good for us in a variety of ways. If being outdoors makes you feel good, then just do it.

When Gorillas Sing or Hum With a Full Mouth We Should Listen

There's lots to learn when gorillas sing and hum while they eat. What's considered a bad habit in humans seems to have important social functions in our close relatives.

NRA Backed SHARE Act Is About Killing Animals Not Sharing

This bill, passed by the U.S. House, increases access to public lands for hunting with lead bullets "while limiting punitive regulations promoted by 'animal rights' extremists."

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