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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
A new documentary highlights the ways in which Wildlife Services' careless use of poison cyanide bombs endangers humans, dogs, and other animals by focusing on a recent tragedy.
Researchers and others accused of denying the effects of non-native species aren't really doing so. New Zealand's on-going war on wildlife is an excellent case in point.
Kathleen Prasad, meditation teacher, author and Animal Reiki expert, shares with us how the Japanese spiritual practice of Reiki can offer a way to connect deeply with animals.
Was Sadie really trying to tell her human companion Oscar was dying? What can we learn from numerous similar observations suggesting both Oscar and Sadie knew Oscar was dying?
In this thoughtful guest essay, Zoe Weil, President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Humane Education, offers six practical ways to deal with personal and global catastrophes.
An interview with Dr. Richard Wrangham about his seminal new book called "The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution."
Myths, assumptions, and expectations based on false beliefs about dog behavior can harm, rather than help them coexist, with dogs and people. We've got to get it right.
Researchers in Denmark attempt to develop and apply a multidimensional measure for the ethical orientations on which people rely concerning the use of animals.
New research shows allowing dogs to exercise their noses, to do "nosework," makes them optimistic. Not allowing dogs to sniff may be a form of sensory deprivation.
Data show that seven of ten iconic megafauna will experience significant population declines, and three of five could soon go extinct due to human consumption.
It's highly unlikely because the biggest misconception people have about the dog mind is, as Dr. Brian Hare notes, “That there are ‘smart’ dogs and ‘dumb’ dogs.”
A new program from Canada's British Columbia SPCA called AnimalKind Dog Training is a model for all to follow. Their techniques are amply supported by empirical research.
Wondering if dogs make friends is a waste of time. Science shows they do, as do other nonhumans and humans. Here's an example where "Academics gets in the way of common sense."
"How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence", full of data and stories, covers everything from head to toe. If you think you know who you are, think again.
A new book stresses the importance of focusing on nonhumans and humans and "The Nature/Culture Cocktail." Many of the topics on animal-human conflicts have global relevance.
A recent essay argues the well-being of nonhumans, youth, and future generations—nonhuman and human—have too long been ignored in consensus-based, human-centered conservation.
Trying to do the "right" thing when animals are suffering can be stressful. Veterinarians are morally bound to put the animal's well-being first.
A new action novel discusses human abuse of nonhumans and lays bare how humans mistreat other animals and what can easily be done to improve their lives.
Asking what a dog's life is worth yields answers including money, valuing a human's over a dog's well-being or vice versa, or a dog's intrinsic value.
Personality traits are often used to characterize a breed. However, individual variation, even among littermates and siblings, makes such stereotypes unreliable.
When female Barbary macaques observe other individuals grooming one another, it makes them feel good, relax and chill out, and become more friendly toward group members.
The goal of New Zealand's program is to kill all nonnative nonhuman animals, mainly noncharismatic "pests," by 2050. Would attitudes change if primates were among them?
Dog burps, gas, and bad breath often make us laugh. However, National Pass Gas Day alerts us to the fact that any of these in excess can be problematic and require veterinary care.
Dogs matter because they're alive, have intrinsic value, and are feeling beings. In a conversation I overheard at a coffee house a young girl said, "I love my dog because she is."
A 10-year-old recently asked me, "What allows people to love dogs and harm other animals?" 2019 is a perfect time to let dogs lead the way concerning how we treat other animals.
Poisoning, trapping, and other methods lead to prolonged pain before individuals die. As we move into 2019 and beyond, let's leave future generations a more compassionate world.
I love dogs, but I don't like strange dogs running up and jumping on me or sniffing my crotch. All too often people say, "Oh my, they've never done that before." I doubt that's so.
An interview with Camilla Fox, founder of a leading organization that uses science-based approaches rather than lethal management to foster carnivore conservation.
"Management euthanasia" and "convenience euthanasia" raise challenging ethical questions. What if zoo workers and veterinarians just said, "We won't do them any longer."
Many conservationists feel it's OK to kill animals to help individuals of their own or other species. Others don't. What ethical theories are they following, and does it matter?
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.