The Psychology of Human-Nonhuman Selfies: Why the Epidemic?

Why do people want pictures of themselves with other animals that harm the animals? The "selfie phenomenon" is getting out of hand and according to some, is an epidemic.

Coyote America: The Evolution of Human-Animal Relationships

A new book on coyotes is a well-researched study of human-animal relationships and how they have changed for the worst in an increasingly human dominated world.

Fishes Recognize Human Faces: Why the Empathy Gap?

More and more research shows just how smart and emotional fishes truly are.

The Harambe Effect: The Legacy of a Gorilla Provocateur

In the aftermath of killing the gorilla Harambe, conservation psychologists and anthrozoologists can play a large role in being sure he didn't die in vain.

Pit Bulls: The Psychology of Breedism, Fear, and Prejudice

Bronwen Dickey's new book "Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon" is a thorough analysis of how these highly variable dogs became transformed into dangerous fiends.

Why Was the Gorilla Harambe Killed at the Cincinnati Zoo?

Harambe was killed to save a 4-year-old boy who fell into his cage. Numerous people are outraged and saddened by this tragedy.

Nature Rx: Two Must See Videos to Get You Off Your Bum

Two short films called "Nature Rx Part 1" and "Nature Rx Part 2: Discover your dose of nature" deserve serious attention from conservation psychologists and other researchers.

Shark Personalities: A Shark Isn't a Shark Isn't a Shark

Individual personalities among members of the same species are widespread and must be considered when we talk casually about "the shark," "the dog," or any other animals.

Why Dogs Belong Off-Leash: It's Win-Win for All

A recent essay argues it's best for dogs and humans for dogs to be off-leash as long as people are responsible for their dog. Research shows too many people are not.

We Don't Know if Dogs Feel Guilt So Stop Saying They Don't

Myths about dog behavior abound. Individual differences must be appreciated and it's essential to get things right so dogs and humans can live together as harmoniously as possible.

Insect Brain Capable of Conscious Subjective Experiences

Just when you think we know it all, researchers propose that insect brains support "a capacity for subjective experience."

Heart of a Lion: The Biography of a Peripatetic Predator

William Stolzenburg's new book "Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk Across America" shows why we must value rather than categorically malign and kill "dangerous" animals.

Fishes Know, Feel, and Care: A Humane Revolution in Progress

Fishes aren't unfeeling streams of protein but rather experience streams of consciousness. The animals' agenda is harming us "in the name of humans" needs to stop.

Horses, Cows, and Fish: Their Rich and Deep Emotional Lives

Comparative research on animal emotions is burgeoning and it's easy to learn what they want and need. The animals' agenda is to be treated with respect and dignity.

Should Female Dogs Be Used as Puppy Mill Breeding Machines?

In "What Is a Dog?" we're told females should breed as many males possible and unwanted—non-standard—pups be killed.

Are You Ready to Give Another Animal the Best Life Possible?

Are you prepared to give a companion animal the very best life they can have in your care? A new book called "Run, Spot, Run" clearly lays out the deep commitment it really takes.

Nature's Perfect Partners: A PBS Film on Animal Cooperation

Watch fascinating footage of animals of the same and different species working together to achieve win-win outcomes for all.

What's Happening When Dogs Play Tug-of-War? Dog Park Chatter

When dogs play tug-of-war, there's a lot more going on than competition.

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.