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On the Disappearing of Oxen Instead of Problems

I’m supposed to be blogging for VINE Sanctuary right now. Instead I find myself sitting in seething stillness, wondering what to say. Lou is dead—disappeared in the middle of the night. A man who only days ago referred to Lou and Bill’s impending slaughter as “processing” now wants us to believe him when he […]

And he was loved!

Reflections on the death of a duck rescued from a foie gras factory. […]

Case Studies in Political Psychosis: USA and DPRK

Down in South Carolina, baby-faced Newt Gingrich bemoans the inexplicable failure of the masses to see him as the savior-of-civilization he believes himself to be. Meanwhile in North Korea, chubby-cheeked Kim Jong-Un steps forward as the new “supreme leader” of the Democratic People’s Republic, ready to protect the people from all who menace them.


Do the Math

Here we go again.

Last week it was rats and empathy. This week it’s pigeons and math.

Each issue of Science seems to bring news of some fresh cruelty that cleverly demonstrates the cognitive or emotional capacities of non-human animals.

What’s a steadfast animal advocate to do? Cheer the findings? Condemn the methods? Question […]

New Study Reveals Cognitive Deficiencies in Homo Sapiens

A new study published in Science demonstrated startling deficiencies in empathy and reasoning among even the most highly educated and otherwise proficient people. The researchers conducting this widely publicized study placed mammals in positions of frightening frustration and then dispassionately sat back and watched to see whether other mammals would come to the rescue—thereby […]

Animal Cognition

Second of seven talk summaries from AR2007

I was on this panel with Jacquie Lewis of SPEAK (Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom), who presented a fabulous slide show tracing the changes in what we know (or think we know) about animal cognition. (SPEAK offers presentations at schools, civic groups, and public […]