It is widely believed that newspaper reports of wanton animal cruelty elicit more public outrage than stories about child abuse. Two social scientists recently designed an experiment to see if this claim is true. Here is what they found.
In a recent post (Are Dogs People? Really?), I criticized the claim that new dog brain studies show that non-human animals are persons. Here three smart protectionists explain why they think I am wrong—and why the courts should grant legal status to non-human species.
Using the latest M.R.I. technology, a group of neuroscientists are exploring what goes on inside the heads of dogs. Their research is exciting, but the fact that a brain structure lights up when our canine friends are happy does not mean that "dogs are people, too."
In 1867, the streets of New York were awash with homeless dogs. The city council took action and began drowning 700 dogs a day in the East River. Thanks to the success of the spay and neuter campaign, fewer unwanted pets are killed today than ever before. But a new study has found that cutting your dogs gonads off may make it more likely to get cancer.