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By Marc Bekoff

In response to award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s years learning social conversation in quite a lot of species, this significant publication exhibits that animals have wealthy emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends striking tales of animal pleasure, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the most recent medical learn confirming the lifestyles of feelings that good judgment and event have lengthy implied. jam-packed with Bekoff’s gentle humor and touching tales, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion demand reassessing either how we view animals and the way we deal with them.

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This consisted of the head drooping much, the whole body sinking a little and remaining motionless; the ears and tail falling suddenly down, but the tail was by no means wagged . . ” Darwin argued that emotions evolved in both animals and humans for the purpose of furthering social bonds in group-living animals. He believed that emotions connected us with the rest of our community and with the rest of the earth. Furthermore, Darwin used observations of 32 Cognitive Ethology: Studying Animal Minds and Hearts behavior such as pausing before solving problems to support his claim that even animals without language are able to reason.

Similarly, in my home state, inmates at the Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility get to care for and live with dogs who would have been put to sleep at the local animal shelter. The experience of walking the dogs, grooming them, and cleaning up after them is incredibly rewarding and beneficial to everyone — the inmates, the dogs, and the prison staff. Stories of wild animal and human encounters — and other crossspecies relationships — echo the conclusions of these studies. Lions are magnificent carnivores and powerful predators, yet they also show compassion, sympathy, and empathy in very unpredictable ways.

Should his master say, ‘I don’t think I’ll take him, after all,’ the expectantly pricked ears will drop sadly. . ” 9 The Emotional Lives of Animals Thankfully, the dismissively skeptical line that animals only act “as if ” they’re feeling joy, grief, anger, or pain is now essentially dead. I know no practicing researcher who doesn’t attribute emotions to their companion animals — who doesn’t freely anthropomorphize — at home or at cocktail parties, regardless of what they do at work. (This anthropomorphizing is nothing to be ashamed of, by the way; as Alexandra Horowitz and I have argued, and as I show in chapter , these scientists are simply doing what comes naturally.

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