Did Szenja the Polar Bear Die of a Broken Heart?

It's highly likely that Szenja, a polar bear at SeaWorld, died of a heartache after her best friend of 20 years, Snowflake, was shipped to the Pittsburgh Zoo to make more bears.

Animal Envy, by Ralph Nader: A Review

Ralph Nader's visionary fable, Animal Envy, was motivated by his mostly unknown but obviously longstanding concern for animals. The core message: Animals and humans need one other.

Mice Aren't Furry Little People: Sloppy Science Fails Humans

"Most potential new drugs fail when they're tested in people. These failures are not only a major disappointment, they sharply drive up the cost of developing new drugs." (NPR)

Do Donkeys Act? A Myth-Busting Film about Endearing Beings

In "Do Donkeys Act?" donkeys themselves show us who they truly are. This film subverts the notion of the “dumb beast” and portrays donkeys as deeply emotional and caring beings.

Rabbits, Fish, and Even Crickets Are Good for Mental Health

Many different nonhuman animals are able to help people feel more positively and see the light of day. And, it's not only animals of the cuddly kind, but also fish and insects.

Get Down and Dirty With Your Dog: Bow, Hug, and Tug

Playing with and hugging your dog can be a great way to maintain a special bond, as long as it's done on their terms.

Trumping Rodents: Scientists Benefit by Supporting Alt-Facts

The Animal Welfare Act maintains that rats and mice are not animals, but they are. When such alt-facts are presented as facts, researchers should vigorously and openly protest.

Why Men Trophy Hunt: Showing Off and the Psychology of Shame

If the "hunting for status" hypothesis is correct, then shaming could be an effective strategy for those opposed because shaming tends to erode the status that trophy hunters seek.

Animals Need More Freedom, Not Bigger Cages

As the late Tom Regan stressed, "...the only adequate moral response to vivisection is empty cages, not larger cages." Animals in all human dominated venues need more freedom.

The Inner Life of Cats Reveals Fascinating Feline Secrets

A new book called The Inner Life of Cats blends science and stories and shows that these fascinating, mysterious animals are sentient individuals who are loving and social beings.

iSpeakDog: A Website Devoted to Becoming Dog Literate

This new website teaches people how to understand their dog's behavior and is meant for dog guardians, trainers, groomers, veterinarians, and anyone else who interacts with dogs.

The Animals' Agenda: An interview About Animal Well-Being

A new book titled "The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age" argues animal welfare needs to be replaced with the science of animal well-being.

Bowsers on Botox: Dogs Get Eye Lifts, Tummy Tucks, and More

Just when you think you've heard it all, we learn dogs get face lifts, lip tucks, and testicular implants as part of a thriving industry to make them more lovable and cuddly.

Why Would a Chimpanzee Use a Tool to Clean a Corpse's Teeth?

A novel observation of a female chimpanzee cleaning a corpse's teeth raises many fascinating questions. This discovery forces us to consider what other animals know about death.

Beasts of Burden: Disability and Animal Liberation Revisited

A new book by disability and animal activist Sunaura Taylor, clearly outlines the close relationship between these two movements that deal with marginalized and vulnerable beings.

The Lube Effect: Dogs Foster Cooperation and Trust in Humans

A new study shows dogs serve as social lubricants to help people get along better. When a dog is present, humans are friendlier, more trusting, more active, and more enthusiastic.

Can Humans Truly Connect With Nature by Eating a Big Mac?

Does meat eating connect us with nature and with ourselves? A recent essay unconvincingly claims it's important for attuning ourselves to the animal world and our animal natures.

Rather Than Kill Animals "Softly," Don't Kill Them at All

"Efforts to control wildlife should begin wherever possible by altering the human practices that cause human–wildlife conflict and by developing a culture of coexistence."

Why People Buy Dogs Who They Know Will Suffer and Die Young

A study of French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Cairn Terriers highlights why people choose to buy dogs who they know will have short, miserable lives.

Dolphins Who Hang With Mates Display a Positive Spin on Life

Dolphins who swim together display positive emotions and seem to be more optimistic than those who don't. This cognitive bias lasts for around two months.

Giving a Blind or Sight-Impaired Dog the Best Life Possible

A book called "My dog is blind - but lives life to the full!" is a wonderful practical guide for people who want to give a dog with limited sight a full and enriched life.

Dogs: Love, Rejection, Dominance, Training, and Breeding

Dogs are in the news a lot and here's a summary of what's "hot." Dogs fall in love and suffer from rejection, dominance should not be used in training, and they're awfully smart.

Minding Animals: Expanding Views of Human-Animal Studies

Minding Animals International offers cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives on human-animal studies and the nature of human-animal bonds in many different venues.

Murder, She Didn't Write: Why Can Only Humans be Murdered?

It's time to change the language we use when writing about killing other animals. Killing animals to manage or to collect them as trophies should rightly be called murder.

Pet Loss and the Human-Animal Bond

An interview with the founder of the Pet Loss Education Project, Adam Clark, who specializes in coping with the grief of losing a companion animal.

"Gosh, My Dog is Just Like Me": Shared Neuroticism

A new study shows that dogs mirror human personalities more than humans mirror dog personalities and that pessimism and anxiety are shared traits.

Humans and Animals: Global Problems and Humane Solutions

A new book called "Humans and Animals" stresses that animals are not just beings "out there." Rather, they are embedded in our existence at every scale and in every environment.

Censored: Animal Welfare and Animal Abuse Data Taken Offline

In an unprecedented and reprehensible move toward censorship, animal welfare reports and animal abuse data have been wiped from the USDA website.

Sex, Beauty, and Climate Change: Flycatchers are Less Flashy

Climate change is reeking havoc on the behavior and reproduction of numerous animals. A long-term study of male flycatchers shows warmer temperatures make them less attractive.

Research on Captive Animals Produces Misleading Results

A new analysis of data on captive zebra finches shows clearly how stress can give a biased and limited view of how these and other birds actually live in the wild.

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