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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
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?
Many people wonder why the seemingly benign dairy industry is under fire from people interested in animal well-being. They're shocked when they see the data.
A new book about pigs on The Bahamas with important messages about ways they might help to bridge the empathy gap with other animals.
People often criticize those who work for nonhumans by asking, "How dare you work with animals when so many humans need help?"
A new study analyzed the ways in which dogs and cats influence female sleep routines. Here's an interview with one of the scientists who conducted this important research.
This question from a youngster raises many important issues concerning the use of students to kill unwanted invasive "pests" and much more.
Reflections on dogs' meal plans, are they psychic, why the results of different studies vary, ecological relevance, and will dogs miss us if we disappear from the planet.
Growling isn't as simple as it seems, and sometimes it's entirely appropriate. It's not necessarily indicative of a dysfunctional relationship, but rather a time to reassess it.
We don't know if emotional support animals are worse off than other homed companion animals who live compromised lives, and when they ask "But what about me?" we must listen.
Answers to questions about why dogs do what they do and if they should be allowed to do certain things depend on who the dog is and context. Many queries have no firm answers.
There's no credible evidence this is so, yet the myth persists and has been used to refer to our euthanizing companion animals as a "gift" we provide because they can't leave us.
A new book replete with graphic images and thoughtful text reflects on the nature of zoos and the lives of their residents. Agree or not, there's much food for thought.
Watching dogs at dog parks and other places where they can make choices about what they do and with whom is a great way to become dog literate.
Wesleyan professor Lori Gruen's edited book "Critical Terms for Animal Studies" is a must read for everyone interested in the study of animal-human relationships.
A wish list dogs would like us to follow: They're a huge responsibility, their walk is for them, they're individuals, we need to learn to speak dog, and they don't all love us.
A special issue of Animal Behaviour and Cognition considers the forward-looking field of "ethorobotics." It turns out we can learn a lot about animal behavior by using robots.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.