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.

The Exotic Pet Trade: Human-Animal Interactions Gone Bad

The exotic pet trade is a lucrative international enterprise responsible for the horrific death of millions of animals. Here is an interview with a scientist trying to end it.

Dog Tales Are Fun to Read but Often Stretch What We Know

Dogs do not live in the moment nor are they unconditional lovers. Tales about how dogs help humans are great to read but must stick to what we know about these amazing beings.

Of Mice and Women: A Dark Side of Oxytocin and Conservation

Studies of sex differences in responses to stress now focus on females. Usually data from animal studies are used for humans, but this information is important for the animals.

Voles Console Friends and Display Oxytocin-Based Empathy

A new study on prairie voles shows for the first time that rodents console others in distress. Consolation appears to evolve under specific social and evolutionary conditions.

Dosing Nature: Feeling Down, Take a 3 Minute Walk 2x a Day

Can we really dose nature? A recent essay called "The Problem with Nature Therapy" considers different sides of this question and poses a challenge to conservation psychologists.

Sheep to the Rescue in Learning About Emergency Evacuations

Sheep show that "faster is slower" and show us how to escape potentially tragic situations.

Dogs Recognize Emotional States Using Mental Representations

A new study shows that dogs use different senses to categorize emotional states in humans and other dogs and form abstract mental representations to do so.

Play in Animals: A Potpourri of New Comparative Research

Four new essays discuss play in animals including metacommunication, fairness, social competence, and how dominance relationships among players need to be considered.