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.
If you knew the truth about the turkey you eat, a genetically engineered and tormented animal, you would seriously consider choosing another main course. Turkeys are highly sentient beings who suffer enduring pain, misery, and terror on the way to a platter. It's easy to make more humane choices. Please do so now and add compassion to a world that sorely needs it.
Are we humans becoming more shortsighted? Recently yes, mostly because we've engineered much more powerful strains of Myopium: The drugs we all take that makes us euphorically shortsighted. But long run, no? We're getting more foresightful, better at planning for tomorrow, often with the downside consequence of making us worse at planning for the day after tomorrow.
My mother Beatrice and my dog Jethro shared many traits that warrant calling a being a person. When my mother suffered serious physical and psychological decline she was still considered a person as she well should have been. Yet Jethro and other animals do not warrant that status. Nothing is lost by viewing nonhuman animals as persons.
There is no doubt that humans are special among all of the animals on Earth. Although, we are special, we are also members of the animal kingdom. Yet, language distorts the relationship between humans and the rest of the animals.
Sometimes interfering in the lives of wild animals overrides the usual hands-off approach and simply is the right thing to do. Witness and savor this dramatic rescue of a mother elephant and her baby when they got trapped in mud.