Tag Archives: The Emotional Lives of Animals

How Many Dog Breeders Do We Really Need? by Dr. Marc Bekoff

It’s essential to have reasoned discussions and debates about dog breeding and not insulting exchanges, while fully recognizing that it’s highly unlikely that.. Read More

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Grief in Animals: It’s Arrogant To Think We’re the Only Animals Who Mourn

There is no doubt that many animals experience rich and deep emotions. It’s not a matter of if emotions have evolved in animals but why they have evolved as they have. We must never forget that our emotions are the gifts of our ancestors, our animal kin. We have feelings and so do other animals. Read More

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Humpback Whales Protect a Gray Whale from Killer Whales by Marc Bekoff

As more and more data are collected we’re learning not only about the prevalence of cooperation, compassion, and empathy among members of the same species but also of instances of individuals of one species helping members of other species… Read More

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The National Museum of Animals & Society

Our relationships with other nonhuman animals (aka animals) move us all over the place. We love some, hate others, and are indifferent to a wide range of fascinating species. Animals intrigue and inspire us and as we inquire about who they are we learn much about who we are… Read More

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Animal Emotions: Empathic Rodents by Marc Bekoff

Tens of millions of rodents are used in all sorts of invasive research yet the United State’s Federal Animal Welfare Act does not consider these empathic mammals to be animals. Indeed, about 99 percent of the animals used in research are not protected by federal legislation and are routinely subjected to horrific abuse… Read More

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February 27, 2011
A Conversation with Marc Bekoff


Both wild and domestic animals have a kaleidoscopic range of feelings, from embarrassment to anger to joy to awe. And when we dismiss this fact and use animals as though they were objects for scientific experiments, amusement, food and the like… Read More









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