Horse Racing: Cruelties We Condone and Cruelties We Condemn

The deaths of three thoroughbred horses on the set of HBO's series "Luck" speaks volumes about our culture's conflicted attitudes toward animal cruelty.

Natural Healers: The Four Pillars of Medicine and How Animals Use Them

Animals have evolved the same basic strategies human doctors use to fight infectious diseases. Is meat-eating the reason pet owners get sick more frequently than their dogs?

Animals On the Borderline: The Horse Slaughter Controversy

Horses don't fall neatly in our moral categories. That's why the issue of banning horse slaugherhouses is more complicated that you might think.

Your Worst Animal Nightmare

Fear of snakes is the most common animal phobia. As I learned on a recent vacation in south Florida, several new studies show that giant snakes not only kill people, but they may be headed your way...

A Scientific Mystery: Do Wild Baboons Kidnap Puppies for Pets?

This YouTube clip claims that wild baboons kidnap puppies and raise them as pets. It's a sceintific mystery that I can't get out of my head.

The Animal Research Paradox

The animal research paradox —we need animal research to determine if it is ethical to conduct animal research.

Forbidden Foods: Does Loving Pets Make It Easier To Eat Meat?

A new theory holds that prohibiting the consumption of a few species makes it possible for us to eat other species. Does loving our pets make it possible for us to eat meat?

New Books for Intelligent Animal Lovers

Some new books for animal lovers.

Was Hitler a Vegetarian? The Paradox of the Nazi Animal Protection Movement

It's scary when professors fight - especially over Nazi animal love.

Why Do Chicks Like Music? Why Does Any One?

Barry Manilow explained! Scientists have found that the chicks are born with a preference for "easy listening." music. In their experiment...

The Two Serial Killers in My Life

I have known two serial killers. Derek Anderson was one of my students. He killed his father, his mother, his brother and the family dog. The other one is my cat....

Does Dolphin Therapy Work?

Does swimming with dolphins help children with autism?

Returning to Meat

Two out of three vegetarians eventually resume eating meat. The reason my ex-vegetarian nephew, a New York City fireman, reverted back to meat was unique. Here is his story---and the reason I could not tell it in my book.

Why Are There So Few Vegetarians?

Surprise! Most people who describe themselves as "vegetarians" regularly eat animal flesh. And how long will Bill Clinton be vegan? I'm taking bets...

The “Cute Dog Effect” On Sex, Money, and Justice

Cute dogs make men sexier and boost the income of beggars. But do they also unfairly tip the scales of justice?

Will Getting a Pet Make You Healthier?

Are pet owners happier and healthier? What the science says....

Why Do Most Vegetarians Go Back To Eating Meat?

Morgan Childers and I decided to find out why three out of four vegetarians eventually revert back to eating animals. Here is what we found...

Having Your Dog and Eating It Too?

Why is dog flesh considered yucky in some cultures and yummy in others?

Are We Really A Nation of Animal Lovers?

Americans are gaga over pets. But we spend 100 times more money killing animals than saving them. Here's why....

Pets, Chickens, and Gay Rights: Tracking Social Change With Google's "Ngram Viewer"

Google's new Ngram Viewer will turn you into a cultural anthropologist. Here's what it reveals about the importance of gay rights, chickens, and animal liberation.

"Professor, Does My Dog Know I'm Blind?"

I told five million insomniacs, conspiracy theorists, and space alien abductees that guide dogs know that their owner can't see? Was I wrong? 

Eating Disorders: The Dark Side of Vegetarianism?

The case against eating animals is strong on moral, environmental, and health grounds. But a woman named Staci Giani convinced me that there is a little known dark side to vegetarianism.

Cat-Eating Coyotes Are a Bird’s Best Friend

My initial thought was that having a coyote in the woods behind my house was pretty cool. (Well, maybe not as exciting when a black bear ran through the back yard during our twins' eleventh birthday party, but close.)

True Fact: Dog-Walking Helps Dogs But Harms Birds

 The good news is that regular walking on a leash can prevent shelter dogs from being euthanized. The bad news is that even leashed dogs make wild birds permanently flee their homes.

Playing Dead As A Defense Against Angry Bears And Rapists

The evolutionary connection between our reactions to being attacked by a grizzly bear and by a sexual predator has important implications for both the law and clinical psychology.

Road Kill and The New Science of Human-Animal Relationships

What the study of road kill says about human nature.

What Do Irish Setters and Girls Named "Jennifer" Tell Us About the Causes of Social Change?

Did dumb luck cause explosions in the numbers of girls named Jennifer and Irish Setter puppies in the United States.

Is Pet-Love Caused By A Virus of the Mind?

Is love of pets caused by a metaphorical brain worm?

Are Humans the Only Animals That Keep Pets?

I recently scoured academic journals and consulted a host of animal behaviorists for examples of pet-keeping in other species. I only found one.

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