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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Mark Derr offers evidence that dogs and humans were made for each other. He argues that sociability, along with a delayed onset of fear, were the keys for wolves to become dogs.
In a piece called Studies in Sentience Tell Us Ours is a World of Many Centres, Arita Joshi rightfully argues that sentience can be found in all sorts of beings. We are not alone.
Renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur's new book called "Captive" will touch your heart and soul. The images of zooed animals show just how much needs to be done on their behalf.
Some New Zealand schools encourage kids to kill animals and partake in the "dead possum dress-up." A request for help and an essay with horrific images resulted in this essay.
The war on wildlife in the United States presents some very surprising twists as wolves are being set up and sold out and various organizations don't speak out on their behalf.
Captive cetaceans have highly compromised lives. They need all the help they can get. Dr. Lori Marino tells us about a new project committed to improving individuals' well-being.
Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.
The soon-to-be-launched Charter for Animal Compassion champions the science of animal sentience and envisions "a world in which human and non-human animals flourish."
Work at Australian sanctuaries offers valuable suggestions for helping traumatized animals overcome the conditions from which they suffer. They feel, they hurt, and they need help.
Jenny Gray's new book called "Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation" is an important contribution to wide-ranging debates about keeping animals in captivity.
By calling on youngsters to kill animals, many New Zealanders, including educators, are using well-known psychological principles to advance their agenda. Violence begets violence.
Unexpected friendly encounters among wild carnivores are rare and eye-catching. Called "odd couples," we don't know why they form and it's best to keep an open mind about them.
Killing possums by youngsters has generated local and global condemnation. The science, psychology, and hype behind New Zealand's war on wildlife are highly questionable.
Encouraging youngsters to kill other animals can have devastating and enduring effects. A phenomenon called "the link" should concern New Zealanders as they wage war on wildlife.
Two things people misunderstand about animals is that each individual’s feelings are important to them and "smarter" animals don't suffer more than "less intelligent" animals.
Common Murres negotiate parental duties and coordinate efforts by preening. If one parent isn't feeling well they tell the other so they can switch duties to help their children.
New Zealand schools need formal courses in humane education rather encouraging killing animals for money. Some want to make possum hunts mandatory so kids learn to respect them.
A new book stresses the importance of humans and dogs growing together as a team and benefits for both.
Animals have rich inner lives, but their treatment doesn't reflect this. In an interview about, and excerpt from, The Animals' Agenda, Jessica Pierce and I discuss why this is so.
A new book by Andrew Root called The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul ponders the deep meaning and mystery of dog-human relationships.
An essay by Dr. Karen London called "Should we call these canine behaviors calming signals?" about the effects of various actions cautions how much we still have to learn.
It's a tough time for animals. We need to overcome negativity, resist compassion and empathy fatigue, maintain hope, and keep our dreams alive.
A 45-second video of a young elephant named Hope being saved by two adults could change people's views about the emotional lives of other animals. Watch them keep Hope alive.
A study of shooting feral horses from helicopters raises many ethical questions about "Killing For Conservation" (KFC).
The Pope's encyclical letter on care for our common home has many very important ideas that are closely related to conservation psychology, anthrozoology, and the role of science.
Swiss animal protection laws set an admirable standard. Guinea pigs and goldfish must have companions, dogs must be exercised, and clipping their ears and tails is forbidden.
An essay by Juli Fraga called "When a Pet Dies, Helping Children Through the ‘Worst Day of Their Lives’" is a must read for everyone who has kids and a companion animal.
Linda Michaels' force-free training, adapted from Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, stresses gentle care and treatment, rewards, and choice. Being nice to your dog is key.
Some so-called "mafia monkeys" living near an Indonesian temple have learned to steal and then sell back stolen goods to their owners. Not all monkeys run this ransom racket.
A photo of a sad orphaned gorilla and a comforting human raises numerous questions about what other animals think and feel and the emotions shared in human-animal relationships.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.