Never in Vain

One man's work from the ground up helps to unchain elephant minds and bodies.

Forgetting the False and Dangerous

Scientists say that what zoos teach is "false and dangerous." An interview with educator Kiersten Cluster examines captive-held Elephant psychological trauma.

Accompaniment: An Ethic Beyond Accidental Fences

Liberation psychologists and Wild Turkeys show us how to transform from an anthropocentric "them" to a trans-species "us" worldview.

When Elephants Are Blessed

A Thai Elephant sanctuary walks the trans-species ethical path of compassion and kindness.

Solving the Problem for Elephants

Captive-held male elephants are underserved by sanctuaries. Here's how the problem is being fixed.

Should Animals Sue Scientists for Libel?

Despite a vast amount of data showing otherwise, scientists persist in attributing demonic deeds to non-human animals.

Learning From Orca Menopause

How neuropsychology provides insights into the true nature of Killer Whale morals and culture.

Choosing Life over Survival

There are chance encounters when fences fall and "fitful influences from beyond" reveal our common connections.

Sea of Sadness

For elephants in India, epic social changes are bringing hardships and hope.

When Tiger Leaps

Not unthinking killing machines. Not running on pure, raw instinct. Not a myth. The captive Tiger captures our attention, demanding an answer: Why?

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 refer to reptiles when calling a person “cold-blooded.” But Tortoises and other reptiles are cold-blooded only in physiology and metaphor.

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.
Photo Credit: Sandra Higgins Eden Farm Sanctuary

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

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.