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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
A comprehensive study of postmortem attentive behavior showed females do it more than males, but it's not clear if they're grieving.
Most human guardians know what their dog loves, so give them plenty of whatever it is as their lives are coming to an end. They must come first at this very difficult time.
It's important to become fluent in dog to learn about who they are, what they do and why, and to develop and sustain close social bonds.
Layla AbdelRahim's book "Children's Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation" shows how the stories we tell ourselves work to justify the abuse we inflict on the planet.
New Zealand's brutal war on wildlife relies on teaching kids and adults to enjoy killing sentient animals to meet its goals. Youngsters are misinformed and adults think it's fine.
Lorin Lindner's "Birds of a Feather: A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals" shows how much animals can help us along when times are tough. It's a game-changer.
Behavioral evidence shows dogs feel jealously, and a new study has discovered more amygdala activation when they watched a fake dog get food than when food was placed in a bucket.
A new essay argues that trophy hunting, killing an animal and claiming its body or body parts as a trophy of conquest, is an immoral activity and doesn't have conservation value.
While we know quite a lot about dog behavior, numerous misconceptions exist. Let's be fair to dogs and portray them as who they really are and stop putting out false opinions.
Cows are very smart and emotional beings. Nonetheless, most people wrongly view them as "food" or other products, rather than as sentient individuals with different personalities.
An essay “World (or at least Brooklyn) Stops for Lost Dog” and a 90-year old quote from naturalist Henry Beston can help give dogs. other animals, and humans much better lives.
Veterinarians disagree if routinely desexing male dogs is desirable. A study of 6235 dogs shows castration can have undesirable outcomes and individuals respond very differently.
A study of free-running dogs showed sex, age, and size influenced behavior and that serious aggression was never observed, similar to research at the same and other parks.
Insects are amazing beings and we need to be careful about thinking they're not all that clever or emotional. Who'd have thought they set up torture traps and enjoy sex.
Compassionate conservation asks us to reflect on who we are and what we do to other animals. There's marked inconsistency between what people say and do and we need to know why.
Rory Kress' research for her book about where Izzie and other pet store puppies really come from was an eye-opener and heart-breaker for her, as her book will be for readers.
Tail docking, ear cropping, debarking, and piercing and tattooing are more for humans than dogs. Let's work hard to let dogs keep their tails, voices, and natural look.
The Footprints of Hope program developed by the organization Veterans For Wildlife is designed to help traumatized individuals transition into civilian life and heal scars of war.
Laura Hobgood's book "A Dog's History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans" is a remarkable, enlightening, and wide-ranging read about who rescued whom.
An essay titled "Ha-ha, sourpuss. Cats have 9 lives but dogs have the sense of humour" is cute but misleading. It's another example of how media can conflate facts with beliefs.
Dogs' noses are amazing works of art. Two recent books discuss this fascinating organ and a new study shows scent enrichment reduces stress (activity and barking) in shelter dogs.
Emotional support animals can't always keep doctors away, but can work wonders for some people. If their support works for you, find an animal who also benefits from their work.
Some people love dogs parks and some dislike them, but it's what a dog feels that really matters. If a dog doesn't enjoy them, don't go even if you like them, or go on your own.
Dogs recognize happy or sad faces, and neuroimaging (fMRI) tells us how they do it — and how similar it is to how humans do it. Negative emotions are more difficult to distinguish.
The new book, "My Patients and Other Animals," is a gem. In this inspirational work, we read about a doctor's personal journey as a caregiver for animals in need.
Data and stories of how dogs sense the world, play, dominance, peeing, cognition, emotions, and discussions of dog-human and human-human interactions at dog parks and elsewhere.
It appears as if these monkeys truly care about the well-being of youngsters by sharing food when no other individuals see them do it. This is called a "reverse audience effect."
A thought-provoking interview with criminologist Piers Beirne about his book "Murdering Animals: Writings on Theriocide, Homicide and Nonspeciesist Criminology."
In a recent essay Lucy Cooke discusses the un-cuddly truths about pandas. "In their shrinking natural habitat, the bears are tough, sexually potent survivors" not hapless bunglers.
Debra Merskin brings together sociological, psychological, historical, cultural, and environmental ways of thinking about nonhuman animals and our relationships with them.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.