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A Look at Man Through the Vapid Eyes of His Captives  by Pierre Tristam  3/7/10  - On the capture and use of large wild animals for human entertainment, how they express their frustration, and how the look in their eyes is exactly that of prison inmates.  It’s time to stop this captivity and allow remaining wild animals to be wild.


Kin Under Skin: What elephants and humans have in common  by G.A. Bradshaw  9/13/09  - Despite the difference in size, human and elephant brains are surprisingly similar. Neuroscience reveals there are no appreciable differences in brain structures and mechanisms between humans and other animals. Even birds, with evolutionary history that took a separate path, have brain functions and capacities convergent with their mammalian counterparts. Mental receptivity and brain plasticity endow the elephant matriarch with wisdom. Sadly, it is the same plasticity that makes humans and elephants vulnerable to suffering. Abuse and neglect leave enduring scars. What we experience in the outside world penetrates deep inside, even to the point of turning genes on and off. Traumatic memories persist, but wrongs can be righted with love.


Bee Celestial Navigation And Non-Human Intelligence  by Laurance R. Doyle  8/27/09  - Bees are the only other species, to date, that have been shown to communicate with symbolic language -- that is, they can "talk" about details of something that is not present. (We note that psychologists dispute the use of the term "symbolic" being applied to any non-human communication systems, but bee scientists regularly apply this term to describe bee language.) And what do bees "talk" about? Mostly astronomy -- in particular

about the Sun; where it is as compared to where the flowers are. And how do they "talk"? Mostly they dance!


Humanity Even For Nonhumans  by Nicholas D. Kristof  4/8/09  -

One of the historical election landmarks last year had nothing to do with race or the presidency. Rather, it had to do with pigs and chickens – and with overarching ideas about the limits of human dominion over other species.


Trans-Species Psychology  by The Karulos Center  2009  - Trans-species psychology represents a new species-inclusive paradigm of learning and knowledge-making. Its establishment involves a new way of thinking and behaving towards animals, that we are all "kin under skin, fin, feather, and fur." The "trans" in trans-species psychology signifies that there is no scientific basis for maintaining separate fields and models for animal and human psychology. Until recently, animals were thought to lack many attributes, such as emotions, feelings, sophisticated cognitive capacities, culture, the ability to feel pain, and other qualities that presumably defined humans uniquely. This differentiation provided a rationale for objectifying animals, one that has enabled the widespread trauma and crisis now prevalent in animal cultures. Today, however, scientific theory and data are congruent with our sensibilities. Though individual differences may exist, the same psychobiological theories and models that hold for people also hold for other animals.


Transformation through service: trans-species psychology and its implications for ecotherapy  by G.A. Bradshaw  - We know now that psychology and psychotherapy apply not only to the human psyche but equally and seamlessly to the psyches of our animal relatives. So what does this imply for ecotherapy? Internationally known animal trauma expert Gay Bradshaw challenges therapists to overcome the inherent anthropocentrism of their field, and suggests that only by striving for the well-being of other animals can we ensure our own well-being. The new psychology represents a profound paradigm shift. By recognizing a shared psychobiology, science catalyzed a move from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism, a term suggesting that humans are not the center of the universe or any more gifted than the rest of the Earth’s rich faunal family.


Half Of Mammals 'In Decline', Says Extinction 'Red List'  10/6/08


The road to extinction  by Sarah Meyer  8/27/08  -  Links to articles from summer 2008 on the converging ecological, economic, and political crises, with emphasis on climate change and species extinctions. 


The Butterfly Effect  by Dan Southerland  8/24/08  - A man's one-in-a-million close encounter with an insect convinces him that the theory is true: The fluttering of gossamer wings can change the world.


A mother's grief: Heartbroken gorilla cradles her dead baby  by Marcus Dunk  8/19/08  - Gorillas usually have a strong attachment to their own kind. Like other apes with a well-developed social structure, gorillas mourn the death of loved ones.  They exhibit both care for the dead and sadness at their passing - even keeping the body close until it begins decomposing.  While such behaviour was once considered uniquely human, examples such as this show that the gap between us and the animal world is not as wide as many believe.


Review of primates finds 303 species threatened  8/5/08  - Almost half the world's primate species are under threat of extinction because they are being eaten or having their homes destroyed by humans.


'They're Like Us,' Elephant Researchers Say  by Kimberly Launier  7/24/08  - From Kenya to Tennessee, elephants with PTSD symptoms are finding some peace.


The new legal hot topic: animal law  by Rebecca Dube  7/15/08  -

Some experts compare animal law today to environmental law in the 1970s - just emerging from its reputation as a special-interest niche (with a tinge of left-wing loony) to become a solid discipline that is widely accepted and potentially lucrative for practitioners.


When Human Rights Extend To Nonhumans  by Donald G. McNeil Jr.  7/13/08  - If you caught your son burning ants with a magnifying glass, would it bother you less than if you found him torturing a mouse with a soldering iron? How about a snake? How about his sister?


Increasing our compassion footprint  by Marc Bekoff  6/29/08 - In the eyes of the law animals are mere property and they can be treated like backpacks, couches, and bicycles with no legal recourse. The animals’ own eyes tell us that they don't like this at all. They do, of course, have a point of view.


Whisper - The White Wolf  by Jessica Teel  - After she realized I didn’t have a fish, she tried to get me to play.  Like the body language of domestic dogs, she lowered her front legs, dipping down with her butt in the air, which is an invitation to play.  I wish I had known how to appropriately respond, and wonder if I could have engaged in a friendly game of chase with a wild wolf.  The ability for animals to reach out and invite humans into their lives is astonishing and a testament to how special wild spaces can be when they are free from the violence of hunting.


'Laughs' not exclusive to humans  1/2/08


A Patient's Best Friend: My dog's amazing gift with hospice patients

By Jon Katz  1/2/08


The Communicators  by Charles Seibert  12/30/07 - They were not unusually gifted members of their respective species, Washoe and Alex. But armed with our words, they opened our minds, making us aware of the pervasive and protean nature of the linguistic impulse across species.


A Tribute To Washoe And Alex  by Con Slobodchikoff  11/3/07



Sharing a joke: empathy among apes  by Ian Sample


A Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion


Comprehensive Compassion, an Interview with Brian Swimme


Daring rescue of whale off Farallones  12/05


What’s the Use of Pets? Wildness and domesticity at Global Pet Expo  by Ginger Strand


Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?  by Bruce Barcott  12/2/07


Chilling Lessons: On the Arctic's ephemeral terrain, bears teach humans to survive   by Richard Nelson  1/08


Orangutans 'may die out by 2025'  by Alex Kirby 1/12/04


Message Delivered by a Bear  by Paul Shepard  1994 – A letter to humanity from the Others, the animals.



Websites & Blogs


Animal Emotions: Do animals think and feel?  - Marc Bekoff’s blog


Bear in Mind: Exploring the common minds and emotions of people and other animals and their lives together - G.A. Bradshaw’s blog


The Inner Lives of Animals: Understanding animal behavior - Jonathan Balcombe’s blog


The Kerulos Center: kin under skin, fin, feather and fur - Our mission is to end animal exploitation, promote compassionate human-animal relationships, and create news ways of living to ensure animal dignity and freedom.  The Kerulos Center puts this mission to work through sanctuary, research, education, and service.

Reconnect with Nature Blogby ethologist Con Slobodchikoff, who’s done ground-breaking work on prairie dogs, pardon the pun.


Animal Intelligence:  they’re smarter than you think… - a blog on the relationships of animals, human and nonhuman. Great stories and videos.


Best Friends Animal SocietyRenowned no-kill animal sanctuary


The N'kisi Project  - A collaborative research project by Rupert Sheldrake and Aimee Morgana
 on the abilities of her African Grey parrot N'kisi. Aimée Morgana noticed that her language-using African Grey parrot, N'kisi, often seemed to respond to her thoughts and intentions in a seemingly telepathic manner.


The Current Mass Extinction - Mass Extinction Underway -The Web's Most Comprehensive Source of Information on the Current Mass Extinction


The Most Recent Animal Extinctions


Tribe of Heart


The Animals’ Platform  - Animal protection is more than a matter of personal conviction and lifestyle choice – it is also a public policy issue. Modeled after a document developed by animal protection groups in the UK, The Animals’ Platform consists of six sections that address: companion animals; wildlife; captive wildlife; animals in agriculture; animals in research, testing and education; and humane education.  The goal is to successfully facilitate the passage of effective legislation for animals.



Web Audio/Video


Being with AnimalsInterview with author Barbara King  1/28/10  - Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours caring for their pets. An anthropologist explains the bond between humans and animals and its importance to our evolution.  Audio.


The BioDaVersity Codeanimated cartoon on the web of life

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Call of Life: Facing the Mass ExtinctionSpecies Alliance 3-min. trailer


Seven Days with Seven Dogs: A 4 min. trailer of a ‘Dog-umentary’ of a family road trip with 7 elderly dogs.


Birth of two Hummingbirdsphoto essay 2/8/05 – 3/9/05


Lion hugs a woman – Captive lion reaches out and hugs woman who rescued him years before.


South African 'Lion King' Is Like One Of The Pride“Lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson and his pride


ORIGINAL Elephant Painting an elephant with poppy flower


Crow and Kitten are Friends


Sea Otters Holding Hands


Leopard cuddles Baby Baboon 


The Witness - Trailer


Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey HomeTrailer


One With The Herd: A Spiritual Journey


Animal Comment by Mark Fiore - humor


Susan Savage-Rumbaugh on apes - Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, who can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural



Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes? 

Traveling from Ecuador to Africa, Jane Goodall takes the audience on an ecological journey, discussing highlights and low points of her experiences in the jungle. She shows how progress is helping research (DNA analysis) and hurting the environment (clear-cutting). And she draws a dozen parallels between primate and human behavior, making the point that we really aren't all that different. Our big advantage, she says, is the ability to communicate with sophisticated spoken language -- yet, sadly, we are abusing this power and destroying the planet. She urges the TED audience to behave differently, and use their higher powers to correct the planet's course.




Life after People


March of the Penguins


Peaceable Kingdom: the Journey Home


The Witness




The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill




Suzanne’s Writings on Animals


Creating Space for Nature: a wilderness solo 


My Bush Soul: the Mountain Lion


Conversation with a Mountain Chickadee


Orangutan Holocaust


Realizing the Significance



Eli tomcat & Charlie coyote pup © Shreve Stockton




Lion populations have fallen by almost 90% in the past 20 years, leaving the animal close to extinction in Africa.  But it's not just lions. Populations of all African predators are plummeting. The wild dog population has fallen to between 3,500 and 5,000 and there are now fewer than 15,000 cheetahs. People know about elephants, gorillas and rhinos, but they seem blissfully unaware that these large carnivores are nearing the brink.

BBC  9/18/03













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