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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
A new study shows laboratory rats reciprocally cooperate and follow "tit-for-tat." I help you because you previously helped me, when trading grooming for food and vice versa.
"There are no free lunches in the sexual marketplace": An interview with Michael Ryan about "A Taste for the Beautiful."
A new study reports dogs show a decline in attention span, but not selective attention, as they age, and that lifelong training can delay or reduce the decline in attentiveness.
The censure of James Corden for giving comfort puppies to Grammy losers is well deserved. Even if he wasn't ill-intentioned, this concern shows cruelty can't stand the spotlight.
A thorough summary of what we know about animal consciousness makes it clear skeptics who say something like, "We really don't know if animals are conscious" ignore solid science.
Dogs want and need to be showered with love, play, sniff, and know that their human has their best interests in mind, rather than be tormented by shock collars. Kudos to Scotland.
The bloody decision by some New Zealanders to try to return to what used to be by slaughtering millions of non-native animals is troubling from biological and ethical perspectives.
An Interview with Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book on animal emotions called "The Inner Life of Animals," a sequel to his best-seller "The Hidden Lives of Trees."
An email asking, "Do zoos really kill healthy animals?" didn't surprise me at all. Many zoos routinely kill healthy "surplus" animals as business as usual but it's not euthanasia.
In this new documentary, you'll learn about the plight of kangaroos as they're brutally killed across Australia, much of which is unknown because it happens in the dark.
A new study shows crows reconcile after things get nasty. After mild fights aggressors preened victims' feathers and after serious fights victims sought consolation from others.
A groundbreaking interview about how art can foster compassion and empathy for animals held in various forms of captivity, individuals who needlessly suffer for human enjoyment.
In an interview with Clemens Arvay about his book "The Biophilia Effect," he shows that nature is in our genes and humans have a natural urge to affiliate with other forms of life.
Discussions about whether animals commit suicide raise many interesting questions for which there are few, if any, definitive answers about what they know about death and dying.
Solid research shows fishes feel pain and they're more than just streams of edible protein.
Coexistence in the Anthropocene and beyond means compassion and justice for all. We must stop wantonly killing other animals and decimating their homes in the name of humans.
It's difficult to imagine dogs do not think about and plan for the future. The place to look for this cognitive capacity is in different sorts of social interactions and Frisbee.
Two popular essays and a research paper raise key questions about sex, science, and the importance of recognizing basic research as "a valid and valuable use of public funds."
In this interview with biologist and philosopher Andreas Weber, we're asked to view ecology as a tender practice of forging relationships and of yearning for connections.
A recent study showed neither environmental context nor breed affected social play, but environmental stimuli, mainly toys, produced highest levels of solitary play across breeds.
Some recent media claims about coyote behavior are misleading. For example, there's no data supporting "The louder the howl, the bigger the prize."
Paul Shapiro's new book "Clean Meat" is a definitive and global game-changer. Clean meat is real meat, and from one single cell of a cow, you could feed an entire village.
When asked how to do so, responses converged on key points including education, respect, overcoming apathy, compassion, the golden rule, and respecting individuals.
A new book argues that cooperation rather than competition between humans and wolves was important in wolves becoming dogs. The dumpster scavenging belief is dealt a serious blow.
Researchers and trainers weigh in on how to make the world better for dogs. Repeated themes include letting dogs be dogs, knowing dog behavior, and using positive training.
A detailed study of more than three million people in Sweden shows that, especially for individuals living alone, a dog has some health benefits. But is it also good for the dog?
A new study shows that extra socialization for puppies makes a positive difference. It's a win-win for all and no worries about spoiling them. We're their lifelines, so just do it.
Dogs mouth-lick when they see angry human faces, but not when they hear angry voices. Might these data help therapists working with people who aren't in touch with their feelings?
New research shows dogs have more cortical neurons than cats, but what does this really mean?
A recent essay in the L. A. Times about the horrific lives of Thanksgiving turkeys shows why the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced by the science of animal well-being.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.