Category «Animal Sentience»

Carl Safina: What are animals thinking or feeling?

What’s going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they’re thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and …

Fish Exploited for Food Suffer Like Mammals and Birds

  By Free From Harm Staff Writers Co-authored by Mary Finelli and Robert Grillo – March 3, 2014    “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and mammals…” — Dr Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University. Fish are the …

Book Review: The Animals’ Agenda – by Marc Bekoff

The Animals’ Agenda, Freedom Compassion and Coexistence in the Human Age by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce    A new book by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce titled The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age argues the science of animal welfare needs to be replaced with the science of animal well-being. The science of …

Cow Behaviour, Emotion and Intelligence

from: The Someone Project    “Cows have a secret mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships, and become excited over intellectual challenges…” — The Sunday Times (UK) Goats are merry pranksters, chickens and turkeys are inquisitive and always exploring, pigs are the brains of the operation, and cattle are the farm’s deeply social …

Theory of Mind and Play: Ape Exceptionalism is too Narrow

A narrow focus on great apes excludes the possibilities of Theory of Mind in other animals by Marc Bekoff   Many researchers in the behavioral sciences are interested in the taxonomic distribution of which nonhuman animals (animals) have a Theory of Mind (ToM). Basically, ToM “is the ability to attribute mental states — beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc. — to oneself and …