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."

Are Animals "Things?" The Evolution of Animal Law

A new essay centers on the legal status of animals and what is being done in courses in animal law and legal circles to change their status from "property" to "persons."

Bonobos Publicly Protest Unfair and Unexpected Treatment

Exciting new research shows that these intelligent and emotional great apes have social expectations about how they should be treated and vocally protest when treated unfairly.

Dog Behavior: An Encyclopedic Review of What we Know

Here's your go-to guide for dog behavior.

Kissing: Reflections on Humans and Other Animals Making Out

We're in the dark about why kissing evolved in some human cultures and whether or not other animals are really kissing or just swapping saliva and smells and enjoying themselves.

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.

Is an Unnamed Cow Less Sentient Than a Named Cow?

An essay called "Is a Cow a ‘Who’ or a ‘Which?’" raises issues about the language we use to refer to nonhumans. Here I argue all animals are a "who" and words really matter.

Ravens Know They're Being Watched: Bird Brain Theory of Mind

A new carefully conducted study shows ravens most likely understand what's going on in another raven's head and that they possess a theory mind.

Do Our Dogs Really Love Us More Than Our Cats Do?

Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

What's a Good Life for an Old Dog?

At the end of a dog's life a tasty treat is better than nasty pills with major side effects. I hope someone will make the same decision for me if a comparable situation arises.

Parrots to the Rescue: How they Help Veterans with PTSD

A New York Times essay by Charles Siebert called "What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?" is a must read about how parrots can help people deeply in need. It could be a life-changer.

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