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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Despite our decimating countless animals and our magnificent planet during the "rage of inhumanity," we must work communally—hand-in-hand and hand-in-paw—to fix the messes.
An essay called "From Shepherd to Advocate" smacks of groundless claims.
An interview with Elin Kelsey about her book on how animals care for one another at the end of life—which also opens up avenues for kids to talk about dying and death.
Many youngsters enjoy being outdoors. When they can't be, here are some simple hands-on tips for how they can give thanks and express their wide-ranging hopes and dreams.
A clever new study shows that lab rats can use odor alone—a cue that's more honest than visual or auditory signals—to preferentially give food to hungry rather than well-fed rats.
An interview on the inspirational journey of the multitalented Dotsie Bausch—former runway model suffering from anorexia to world-class cyclist and advocate for plant-based diets.
The horrific and expanding COVID-19 situation clearly shows why these non-essential businesses—secret breeding factories—should be closed down.
A comprehensive publication from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences answers basic questions about pets and the new COVID-19.
A new book by cat expert Sarah Brown explores how cats fit into our society, tapping into how they’ve evolved over time and how their place in our culture has changed.
During this universe-changing pandemic, Jane Goodall asks us to work together to end the nightmare. Even with bad things happening, animals and nature can help us stay positive.
Many people are wondering about the use of animal models, the pandemic coronavirus, and where future research should go. Some recent essays and a TEDx talk cover relevant ground.
An interview with Gregory Tague about his new book in which he offers a novel argument that apes are moral individuals because they engage in a land ethic as ecosystem engineers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has gotten many people thinking about how dogs might fare without us. All in all, it's likely numerous post-human dogs would do just fine.
Living with a dog is a 100 percent commitment to their well-being. Love, food, and safety must be supplemented with enrichment, and it's best to keep in mind it's not all about you.
An interview with Zazie Todd, author of a new, highly readable, comprehensive, data-based, practical, and compassionate book about giving dogs the best lives possible.
An interview with Chuck Rosenthal about his recent book on animal minds, in which he argues nonhumans think in signs and that thinking, feeling, and meaning do not require language.
An interview with Wenfei Tong, author of a fascinating and comprehensive book about numerous aspects of bird behavior.
In New Zealand, youngsters are taught to kill animals at sanctioned school and family events, while teachers and parents ignore the possible psychological effects.
A new thought-provoking study shows the closer nonhumans are to us evolutionarily the better we feel about them, perhaps due to brain circuitry triggering prosocial behaviors.
We've only discovered the tip of the "nasal iceberg" of dogs who are able to sense weak thermal radiation, a modality previously unknown in carnivores.
A new collection of original essays offers a comparative, comprehensive, and valuable review of the impacts of dead and dying animals on others who encounter them.
An "agenda-setting, game-changing" book, "Animal Languages," argues that language doesn't separate human from nonhuman animals.
An inspirational interview with 13-year-old Indigo Prasad, who recently was named "Humane Student of the Year" for introducing non-animal alternatives into her middle school.
A recent essay highlights the intelligence and skill of spiders.
Aside from their complete disregard for life, wildlife killing contests disrupt the equilibrium of ecosystems and should be shut down wherever they're held.
Colorado's "Humane Pet Act" can be compared with disaster preparedness. Its rejection equates dogs and cats with insentient commodities who aren't worth saving from enduring harm.
A fascinating essay examines female dominance and leadership in nonhumans and humans—and shows there are no easy answers about which traits are important or how they're linked.
An essay called "The Dog Park Is Bad, Actually" misleads readers. Dog parks vary greatly, as do dogs. Many dogs like them, some don't, and we need to respect that.
The rejection of Colorado's "Humane Pet Act" by the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee is indefensible because it allows for the continuation of unconscionable abuse.
Rats cut deals and trade favors, dream of a better future, read others' pain, laugh, and like to be tickled, yet aren't considered animals by the Federal Animal Welfare Act.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.