The Need for Voice

It is usually assumed that non-human animals cannot speak. But if you truly listen, as one trans-species psychoanalyst maintains, animal voices are loud and clear.

The Voice of Image: Exploring the Psychology of Photography

Award-winning photojournalist, Jo-Anne McArthur, provides a window and mirror into human and animal psyches.

A Guest in Quiet

What rattlesnakes teach us about the grace and dignity of being reptile.

Doing What Light Does

Explore the psychology of compassion that knows no boundaries.

Something Radiant and Unknown

Sanctuary cannot erase an Elephant's traumatic past, but it can reignite the spark within.

Behind the Bars, No World

Wildlife captivity has negative effects on human observers and captive animals, as revealed in this interview about Billy, the Elephant who is kept in isolation at the L.A. Zoo.

From Agony to Ecstasy

Elephants are our teachers. When our minds and hearts meet on common ground, we learn how to evolve as a species.

Why Animals Need Psychology

The study of animal behavior, ethology, alone is not sufficient to the task given scientific understanding of animal sentience.

Hippo Love

With a reputation for aggressiveness, the hippopotamus is not usually thought of as "loving." But in a new book, "A Hippo Love Story," a more nuanced picture is revealed about these freshwater giants. The key to love, it seems, is good communication.

They Talk, We Listen

"I don’t know what happened, my Sweet Girl is gone. Yesterday she left in the morning and didn’t even say good-bye. She just left. I waited all day yesterday and she never came home, and today she’s still not home. I am really, really sad. I don’t even know what I am going to do with myself."


A beautiful new book, "Turning Points in Compassion," shows that the animal rights movement has come of age and a new paradigm of "radical kindness" has emerged.

Empty Incubation

Denied their native heritage, the life of captive-bred parrots reflect their colonizers' imprisoning mentality and anguished search for the bright vitality of love.

Lessons from the Tortoise People

In everyday speech, we casually refer to reptiles when calling a seemingly emotionless person “cold-blooded.” Yet science now reveals that Tortoises and other reptiles are cold-blooded only in physiology and metaphor. We humans share comparable brain structures and functions that govern a rainbow of emotions, feelings, and even consciousness.

Killing Them Softly

Find out what Whole Foods Market, George Orwell, Robert Jay Lifton, and rabbits have in common. There's much more than you might doublethink.

Handling It

Living at the species interface - what it does, what it takes, and the challenge of forgiveness.

The Price of Being Human

Why are people drawn to animals? Some would claim it's the unconditional love animals express for us. But perhaps it's something else, that animals show us a different way of being human.


Early inoculation of love provides us with a wellspring throughout life, but even that cannot always prevent decent into Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) when the soul is torn from its communal consciousness.

The Ways of Love

Poetry and neuroscience both agree that love is "written in the wind." Love transcends species. Animals see with the heart beyond form. Can we learn to do the same?

Family Secrets

Mark Hawthorne's new book on animal suffering is an ethical appeal for the end of human privilege at the expense of our kin under skin, fin, feather, and fur.

Right Manners

John Muir offered sage advice regarding his encounter with a grizzly bear in the wilderness. His lesson has deep implications for how we should speak with one another and the natural world.

The Fall of June

A tragic death in the Minnesota woods reveals much about science's unfinished business with other species. Written by preeminent scientists, The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness tells us that bears are much like us. When will they be afforded the same protection?

Man Dog

Candid and canid conversations with an unusual neighbor reveal a common consciousness.

Run Rabbit Run

Are we turning our children into terrorists? This July, an Oregon riding club hosts its annual "animal scramble" event that teaches kids to have fun while abusing rabbits and chickens who have the capacity to feel, think, and experience consciousness like us.

The Lesson of the Lilac

A spring meditation on fragile beauty.

Once in a Blue Moon

"From my own limited experience, I have found that the greatest inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being." – The Dalai Lama

Bang Bang, We All Fall Down

As if the world were not violent enough, firefighters and government officials are encouraging children to harm and kill other animals for profit.

The Elephants Will Not Be Televised

What do elephants, Gil Scott-Heron, Malcolm Gladwell and Thomas Kuhn have in common? All are seers of a new social and scientific revolution for the animals.

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Human

Self-efficacy–the ability to put into action your beliefs and knowledge–leads to good health. By applying this theory to our relationships with other animals, we not only save billions of lives but cultivate well-being in ourselves.

A Right and Good Thing

Science tells us how to make things right with our animal kin.

Still, Life

Negotiating with a crabapple tree on the bridge of life and death.