The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion

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."

Swedish Zoo "Zoothanizes" Nine Healthy, "Useless" Lion Cubs

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.

Kangaroo: A Riveting, Deeply Troubling, Must-See Film

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.

Crows Make Up After Fighting, Then Seek Consolation

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.

Animals, Exploitation, and Art: The Work of Colleen Plumb

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.

The Biophilia Effect: Exploring the Healing Power of Nature

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.

"Do Animals Really Know They're Gonna Die?"

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.

It's Time to Stop Pretending Fishes Don't Feel Pain

Solid research shows fishes feel pain and they're more than just streams of edible protein.

Life In the Compassionoscene, Freedom and Justice For All

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.

Dogs Think About and Plan For the Future, Don't They?

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.

Genitals, Beer Kegs, and the Need For Basic Scientific Study

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."

Matter & Desire: Ecology As Erotic Love

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.

Breed and Environmental Influences on Play in Dogs

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.

Coyotes: Dispelling Myths About Who They Are, What They Do

Some recent media claims about coyote behavior are misleading. For example, there's no data supporting "The louder the howl, the bigger the prize."

Clean Meat Will Revolutionize Our Meals and the Entire World

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.

How to Make the World Better for Nonhuman Animals

When asked how to do so, responses converged on key points including education, respect, overcoming apathy, compassion, the golden rule, and respecting individuals.

The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved

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.

How to Give Dogs the Best Lives Possible in a Human World

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.

Living With a Dog Is Good, If It's Good for You and the Dog

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?

Giving Puppies Extra Socialization Is Beneficial for Them

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.

Can Dogs Tell Us We're Angry When We Don't Know We Are?

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?

Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats, But Are They Really Smarter?

New research shows dogs have more cortical neurons than cats, but what does this really mean?

Animal Welfare Fails Many Millions of Sentient Individuals

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.

Pets As Gifts: Please Don't Surprise Me With a Life Sentence

Gifting a pet without permission is not a good idea. One person told me, "It's not fair or appropriate to impose a 15-year life sentence on someone as a surprise." I agree.

Animals Aren't Sentient and Can't Feel Pain, Tories Claim

The inane claim that animals are unfeeling beings counters a vast amount of science and opens the door for horrific abuse. Let's stop pretending and lying to ourselves and others.

Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know—So Do Dogs at Play

Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.

Happy National Slobber Appreciation Day: Let Dogs Enjoy It

Slobbering is good for dogs—and their humans.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Sheep Discriminate Faces, So What's In It For the Sheep?

Sheep display "surprising" cognitive skills. This discovery is related to human diseases from which sheep don't usually suffer. Should transgenic sheep be created to learn more?

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

An interview with Blake Chapman, author of a new and important book that portrays sharks as who they truly are.