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Animal Emotions

'Animal Reunions': A Fascinating and Heartfelt PBS Film on the Power of Trust and Love

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.25.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

What happens when people are reunited with the wild animals with which they forged a deep bond years ago? Will these gorillas, elephants, cheetahs and chimpanzees still recognize their human caregivers and how will they react?

Beluga Whales Communicate With Bubbles, And It's Adorable

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.10.2015 | Science

If you're happy and you know it and you're a beluga whale, blow some underwater bubbles -- specifically, blowhole drips and mouth rings. It turns out ...

Psychological Disorders in Animals: A Review of What We Know

Marc Bekoff | Posted 09.11.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Almost four years ago, I wrote an essay called "Do Wild Animals Suffer From PTSD and Other Psychological Disorders?" in which I summarized much of what we knew then about PTSD and other psychological disorders in nonhuman animals (animals).

Animals Don't Experience Emotions, Claims Texas Journalist

Marc Bekoff | Posted 09.06.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

If people want to justify eating other animals they ought to come straight about what we know about the emotional lives of other animals from detailed comparative scientific research, and not make thoroughly vacuous claims to support their meal plans.

Animals Feel Pleasure -- Here's Why One Man Says That Means We Shouldn't Eat Them

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles? Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs an...

All Creatures Great and Small: A Lesson in Mourning

Helen Davey | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Many of you may have read about the life of the legendary "Elephant Whisperer," conservationist and author Lawrence Anthony, who established (and live...

5 Things We All Need to Learn From Temple Grandin

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Maria Rodale

Photo: (cc) Steve Jurvetson/Flickr I recently had the great pleasure of hearing Temple Grandin speak at the Ecofarm conference in California. She is r...

Arin Greenwood

Corporations Have Personhood. Why Not Dogs? | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green

For better or worse, corporations are considered to be people in certain ways. So why not dogs? A wildly popular recent New York Times story posits...

Thirty Days, Thirty Reasons, Thirty Ways: Go Vegetarian In October!

Kathy Stevens | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Kathy Stevens

So on Monday, October 1, is World Vegetarian Day--the kickoff for Vegetarian Awareness Month than runs throughout October. If you've been toying with the idea of going vegetarian, then let me be your cheerleader, and let the following lists inform and inspire! Good luck...and please share your journey!

When Birds Mourn

Ken White | Posted 11.19.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

As someone who has spent (happily) most of my life with and around animals, I grow more and more convinced that we have more in common with our fellow inhabitants of the Earth than we may imagine.

Brain Researchers Acknowlege Animal Consciousness

Kathy Stevens | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Kathy Stevens

What would the world's reaction be if the New York Times' lead story tomorrow were "Chickens Understand That Their Throats are About to Be Slit" or "Horrific Confinement and Deprivation Feels Same to Pigs as It Does to Humans"?

Dawkins' Dangerous Idea: We Really Don't Know If Animals Are Conscious

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.15.2012 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

While the mystery of consciousness, nonhuman and human remains, we have made great advances in reducing the explanatory gap.

Animal Minds and the Foible of Human Exceptionalism

Marc Bekoff | Posted 10.05.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Nonhuman animals (animals) are magnificent and amazing beings. Surely we have no right to intrude wantonly into the lives of other animals or to judge them or blame them for our evil ways.

Compassionate Conservation Finally Comes of Age: Killing in the Name of Conservation Doesn't Work

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Bekoff

How should humans balance the interests or right to life of individuals of one species with those of another?

A Beautiful Mind: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Author Jonathan Balcombe offers moving insight into the animal mind and underscore the moral implications of what we have learned from the close study of animal behavior.

Vegans Shouldn't Eat Oysters, and If You Do You're Not Vegan, So...

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Words need to mean something, so if you eat oysters you're not a vegetarian. The last time I looked, oysters were animals not plants or byproducts.