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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Dogs have good and bad days, and trigger stacking—accumulated stress—may be one of the main causes of their annoying, atypical, yet easy-to-understand “outbursts.”
Research shows that human behavior is largely responsible for the alarming increase in lethal zoonotic diseases that jump the species barrier from nonhuman animals to humans.
Through intimate encounters with so-called "food animals," master filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky "reminds of the inherent value of life and the mystery of animal consciousness."
Recent research shows no difference in the age of puppy training and the later development of behavior problems and that grumpy dogs can be pretty smart.
A fascinating new book offers a collection of true stories about the science of animal empathy, altruism, and shared emotions that inspire us to reflect on our own human nature.
Do dogs really enjoy jumping off of cliffs or out of planes with humans, or do they do these sorts of things simply because the humans take them along for the ride?
Knowing how dogs and their humans feel about engaging in different activities is critical for ensuring each is getting what they want and need in the least stressful way possible.
Animal doctors interact with patients who don't speak their language and must become multilingual so they can learn as much as possible about what animals are telling them.
These free-ranging dogs have attracted worldwide attention and aren't a nuisance, but rather important members of diverse local communities.
A new film series shows "whales making lifelong friendships, teaching clan heritage and traditions to their young and grieving deeply for the loss of loved ones."
In her thoughtful book, "The New Breed," robot ethics expert Kate Darling argues that treating robots more like the way we treat animals will serve us better.
It's okay for scientists to use words such as emotion, compassion, and heart. Successful conservation goes beyond their being worried that emotions "get in the way."
A new book offers a detailed summary of Bhutan's commitment to safe, compassionate approaches to human-wildlife conflict.
When myths about how dogs "should" behave are presented as facts and used to inform people about what's "good" or "bad" about their dog or themselves, it's a loss for all.
A collection of essays by award-winning author David Brooks considers how private and public conversations about animals reflect older and deeper attitudes toward them and us.
Here's what Melanie Challenger had to say about her landmark work, "How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human."
Justice for all may be possible when material culture is replaced by a community-based planetary culture.
A new book explains everything you wanted to know about these tiny complex conquerors who build megacities, wage wars, use vaccinations, and outnumber us one million to one.
Peter Wohlleben's new book shows how deeply appreciating roots and trees—and gently touching and respecting them—is good for them and good for us.
Social relationships among female giraffes manage "competition, predation, disease risk and psychosocial stress" and are more important for longevity than are ecological variables.
A fascinating book explains why "a love of complex smells and flavours gave our ancestors an edge and stopped hangovers" and speculates on the psychology behind tasty food choices.
There are servers are designed to get research results out for discussion before being peer-reviewed.
Steven Wagschal's historical perspective on animal minds considers important timeless topics including sentience, emotions, line-drawing, speciesism, and human exceptionalism.
A new documentary discusses past patterns and future pathways of our relationships with other animals with representatives of various indigenous cultures and religious beliefs.
An interview with Arik Kershenbaum about a fascinating astrobiological journey.
Follow the adventures of Zeytin, Nazar, and Kartal and learn why Turkey is the only country where it is actually illegal to euthanize stray dogs, or even to hold them captive.
A new book on wasps, written for a broad audience including those suffering from the clinical fear of wasps, puts to rest myths about these remarkable insects.
Comparisons between domestic cats and dogs with respect to sociality, personality, emotions, smarts, and other behavioral traits and abilities aren't very useful.
Peter Li offers new on-the-ground perspectives of animal agriculture, bear farming, zoos, and the trade and consumption of exotic wildlife, dog meat, and other products in China.
Carson favored responsible stewardship and privileged ecosystems and species over individual animals, but there is a clear tension in her groundbreaking classic, "Silent Spring."
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.