Read about and watch Stirling, a young male dingo, use a tool, and also about Grendel, a dog, make and use a back scratcher from a bone. As time goes on more and more animals are observed making and using tools. We must never underestimate the cognitive capacities of other animals.
Shaba and Connie have been very close elephant friends for 30 years. There are now plans to separate them and to ship them and other elephants from one zoo to another as if they're mere objects. All the elephants will suffer greatly and this heartless move is thoroughly unnecessary. It's bad biology, unethical, and inhumane.
New data shows that we must consider not only how quickly a dog’s tail is moving, and the height he is carrying it, but also whether tail wags are biased to the right or left side if we want to understand a dog’s emotional state.
The reprehensible killing ways of WIldlife Services should make everyone ill and mad. Not only do they wantonly, mercilessly, and inhumanely slaughter millions of animals each year, they also kill numerous non-target animals including dogs. They're incredibly arrogant and sloppy and break laws because they can. Let's stop them now.
Researchers who abuse chimpanzees act as if moratoriums and agreements don't matter, as if they're above it all. They're not and each of us can easily do something now to stop the continued abuse of chimpanzees in invasive research. Time is not on the chimpanzee's side.
Death rituals can be an important part of saying goodbye to a deceased pet, allowing people to honor what was special about their animal and create meaningful memories. One of the growing trends in animal aftercare is the pet funeral home.
War dogs are amazing beings. They're continually put at risk as they're exposed to combat-related violence, and suffer along with their human companions afterwards. Finally, these wonderful dogs are getting the attention and treatment they fully deserve, as they should.
As animal hospice becomes more prominently recognized, it is worth giving some thought to the notion of “natural death” because hospice is often embraced by those who desire a natural death for their animal.
Biological arguments suggest wild animals should suffer from various psychological disorders but we really don't know the extent to which this occurs. There's no evidence wild animals torment and torture one another to the extent that humans torment and torture one another and members of other species.
There's no doubt many animals grieve the loss of family and friends. Mounting evidence clearly shows we're not the only animals who possess the cognitive and emotional capacities for suffering the loss of others. I've literally felt the grief and heart break other animals suffer. It's palpable and moving. And I bet many of you have too.
"On a typical day, Jimmy and I would spend an hour a day with Stevie, doing business. I mean, we weren't doing crimes every day. We weren't animals, and except for the business aspect of our lives, we had boring, regular lives."
One year ago today my 14-and-a-half-year-old Vizsla, Ody, departed from this world with the help of Home-to-Heaven Pet Euthanasia Service. At the time, I worried that I was acting too soon. But given a year to grieve and reflect, I think that I probably waited too long.
Pardoning two of millions of doomed turkeys is simply not enough. A more meaningful humanitarian and compassionate gesture would be for the President to pardon all turkeys and encourage people to change their ways. Hiding behind the veil of ignorance, "Oh, I didn't know about the torture of turkeys", doesn't work any longer.
Why holiday habits go against the grain. Holidays may afford us a needed break from survival-related concerns—if we can get into the right mindset. Unfortunately, cautionary memories easily trump recollections of the warmer, fuzzier sort we expect to be building upon when a holiday rolls around.
"How the dog Became the Dog" is the book to read if you're interested in the long relationship between dogs and us. Drawing on a vast amount of data, Mark Derr shows, with admirable humility, how shared sociability and curiosity drew wolves and humans together resulting in a close and enduring relationship of cooperation and mutual utility.
As Game-Changing as Darwin's Origin of the Species, a major breakthrough on the emergence of mind from matter, Terrence Deacon's 600 page scientific text distilled to something short and accessible here.
Many artists are focusing their attention on other animals and we must be sure they are represented in responsible ways and also pay attention to the ethical questions that are raised. Animal art truly sparks wide-ranging discussions that center on human psychology and our complex and challenging relationships with non-humans in a human-dominated world.
There's an old Frank Sinatra song that tells us, "Love is lovelier the second time around." I'm sure he had no idea, at the time he sang those words, that there would be as many late marriages as there are today. Is a marriage begun in the senior years the same as a marriage initiated in youth? It is lovelier?
Thinking about dogs as if they have emotions, personality and consciousness, like humans do, is discouraged by many scientists who refer to this as anthropomorphism. Yet research suggests that this may be a useful way of looking at canine behavior.