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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Free-ranging dogs form packs resembling wolf packs, but homed dogs and their humans don't establish these sorts of groups.
Compassionate conservation is based on the ethical position that actions to protect biodiversity should be guided by compassion rather than by killing.
A new and unique study shows, among other things, that first-time mothers who live with a companion animal perceive motherhood as less difficult than first-time mothers who don't.
Revisiting different aspects of animal emotions and animal sentience shows we know a lot, yet we still don't use much of this knowledge to protect them from intentional harms.
I heard this about a butt-sniffing dog along with, "You don't know if he's got COVID and you can't trace where he's been." Here are some updated community-focused rules of thumb.
Dogs, like many other animals, go through a tumultuous period called "wildhood," which has survived domestication, on the way to adolescence.
This unique collection of 25 firsthand stories by primatologists, veterinarians, primate sanctuary founders and directors, and others charts a path for compassionate change.
An interview with Dr. Anne Rose about her book "In the Hearts of the Beasts: How American Behavioral Scientists Rediscovered the Emotions of Animals."
An interview with filmmaker and activist Stephen Erickson about compassion for animals, self, the land, community, and democracy.
Australian poet David Brooks' beautifully written new book "chips away at the self-serving denials and falsehoods with which we think and write animals out of, rather than into, being."
In this interview, Dr. Goodall discusses why it's essential for humans and nonhumans to coexist peacefully and that every individual can make positive contributions every day.
Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, discusses humane education, environmental preservation, animal protection, and solutionaries.
A review shows how neurotoxic contaminants running amok beneath the surface strongly affect the behavior, cognitive performance, and fitness of fishes.
An interview with Rani Shah about her fact-based and insightful book "Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish," in which she tells us about "harnessing the rhythms of nature for self-care."
India's government declared feeding "streeties" to be an essential service. Here is a unique on-site view of their behavior and the people who care for them.
Wasps should be valued, not vilified. Only about one-third sting, they pollinate plants and perform many ecological services, and their venom likely has therapeutic value.
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 that 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.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.