What It's Like to Be a Dog

New MRI research shows startling similarities in what lights up animals' brains. Dogs, other nonhumans, and humans share neural processes involved in their thoughts and emotions.

Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' new book called "Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind" is a gem of a collection written by these two gifted women.

A Journey to Ecocentrism: Earth Jurisprudence and Rewilding

Ecocentrism argues that a nature-centered view is essential for the future of our magnificent planet. Earth jurisprudence recognizes humans as one part of a community of beings.

For Dogs, Helicopter Humans Don't Balance Scolds and Praise

Preliminary data show that humans don't balance scolding with praising dogs.

Wild Dogs Sneeze to Decide Whether They're Ready to Hunt

A new study has shown that African wild dogs make collective group decisions by using sneezing to see if there's a quorum. The more sneezes, the more likely they'd go off to hunt.

The Power of Play: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Fair play by dogs reveals many aspects of what they know and feel as they have fun on the run. They need to know what playmates want and data show they mind-read them accurately.

New Study of Ape Cognition Shows We're Not All That Unique

A new essay summarizing great ape intelligence and cleverness argues against human exceptionalism and speciesistic claims that humans are all that special, unique, and "smarter."

Why People Hunt: The Psychology of Killing Other Animals

A new study identifies achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions that hunters receive on their outings in which different species are targeted in different regions.

The Cat That Changed America: Giving Urban Wildlife Voice

Los Angeles mountain lion P22's story is a perfect model for peaceful coexistence between urban animals and humans. A new film has lots of food for thought for future projects.

Dog Bites: Comprehensive Data and Interdisciplinary Analyses

Dog Bites: A Multidisciplinary Perspective is the most comprehensive book ever assembled on all aspects of dog bites. Thirty-two original essays by 39 authors tell it all.

Companion Animals Need Much More Than We Give Them

A recent essay called "We Need to Change the Way We View Our Pets, Here’s How" shows how easy it is.

Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats: Messes We Make With Companions

A landmark new film by Hugh Dorigo called "Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats" presents detailed information about the plight of companion animals.

"How Come People Say They Love Animals and Kill Them?"

In a discussion with kids about human-animal relationships some difficult topics were raised. Some focused on obvious conflicts, people saying one thing and doing something else.

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

A 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.