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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
A wide-ranging interview with UCLA's Daniel Blumstein about his new book that discusses the ancient roots of fear, its costs and benefits, and where future research should focus.
When dogs play, they relax, have fun, and play fair. Data show that they share what they want using clear signals that communicate intentions and expectations.
Helen Scales's new book reveals fishes in full glory, animals who shout with colors, dance, cheat (and say sorry afterwards), and swim across ocean basins without getting lost.
Separating what we know from what we think we know is essential for improving the lives of dogs and the different types of relationships they form with other dogs and with humans.
To answer this question reliably, it's essential to take each individual dog's point of view by considering what's happening in their head and heart, not simply in our own.
An interview with the writer of the riveting essay, "I Was a Journalist Who Reported on Captive Animals — Then I Became One."
Research and citizen science clearly show dogs don't routinely try to take advantage of us—it's not an innate predisposition. This and other myths must be put to rest forever.
An interview with Lori Gruen and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey about a new book linking ways in which "gender and animal rights activism are associated with sentiment and, often, insanity."
As animals come to town in the Anthropause, compassionate conservation, conservation psychology, and personal rewilding offer positive leads for friendly future encounters.
An interview with psychologist and climate warrior Margaret Klein Salamon, who helps us face the painful truths of the climate emergency and turn despair into effective action.
A new short film reveals the mistreatment and inhumane separation of dairy cows and their children.
Deep thinking has yielded fruitful discussions about what we know, don't know, or can't ever truly know, and how to comfort dogs when they need us.
Pandemic puppies are all the rage, and ample science clearly shows they need a lot of positive socialization and understanding to become resilient, well-adjusted adult dogs.
Geese should be respected because they are alive, sentient, and emotional beings, rather than so-called pests, who also help numerous people find peace in simply being outdoors.
This question provides opportunities to ponder various aspects of human-nonhuman animal relationships. Individual's freedoms are key and honoring who they are comes first.
An interview with journalist Eduardo Gonçalves about his explosive book on trophy hunting, its donors, how it seeks to influence elections, and supportive "conservation" groups.
A new Finnish study of almost 6,000 companion dogs "highlights the role of inadequate socialisation, inactivity, and urban living" in producing fear-related behavior problems.
An interview with Kristin Andrews where she argues psychologists should reject mechanistic views of animals and see them as conscious beings, and acknowledge the ethical implications.
An interview with Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods about their riveting new book, "Survival of the Friendliest," a fascinating read about self-domestication and how we became who we are.
A new study shows some pre-schoolers benefit from playing with and walking their companion dogs, displaying fewer problems and more prosocial behavior than dogless kids.
A study of different populations of wild chimpanzees shows that culture, rather than function, underlies variations in tool use, and individuals conform to local customs when they move.
Labels used for "food animals" are effective psychological ploys for disguising who people are really eating and reducing dissonance.
An interview with Steve Mann, founder of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, about "Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy," which emphasizes using proven science-based and positive methods.
The Ontario (Canada) Federation of Agriculture falsely claims, "We simply do not know if animals are capable of reasoning and cognitive thought," defying science and reality.
Companion animals can be choosy about who they love, yet claims they offer unconditional love persist despite a lack of supporting data.
Stories about the resilience of spirit in the face of suffering and how grief, forgiveness, kindness, and compassion transcend all boundaries.
An interview with Peter Christie about his timely new book "Unnatural Companions," a cautionary tale in which he "issues a call to action" for responsible pet ownership.
Street smart vulpines show fascinating adaptions—including changes in muzzles, biting, and braincases—for living in human environs, but they're not domesticated animals like dogs.
I'm often asked questions like this and these sorts of queries have recently increased. My answer is simple: Working for nonhumans helps humans, and compassion begets compassion.
Free-ranging dogs form packs resembling wolf packs, but homed dogs and their humans don't establish these sorts of groups.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.