If the onus on Emotional Lives of Animals author Marc Bekoff was simply to prove that nonhuman creatures exhibit Charles Darwin's six universal emotions (anger, happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, and surprise), then his book would be very brief. As anyone who has ever had a pet dog, cat, rabbit, or even bird can attest, animals not only possess such emotions but broadcast them clearly and often. Bekoff's goal, however, is much grander: To show that wild and domestic species have a kaleidoscopic range of feelings, from embarrassment to awe, and that we dismiss them not only at their peril but our own. And if an endorsement squib by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk and Foreword by renowned animal scientist Jane Goodall doesn't give it away, then readers quickly learn that Bekoff also has an agenda: showing that using animals for scientific experiments, amusement, food, and the like is reprehensible and unconscionable.Not that The Emotional Lives of Animals is a polemic. By turns funny, anecdotal, and deeply researched, the book is all the more persuasive because it's so compelling. As Bekoff (professor emeritus of biology at the University of Colorado) points out, "It's bad biology to argue against the existence of animal emotions. Scientific research in evolutionary biology, cognitive ethology, and social neuroscience supports the view that numerous and diverse animals have rich and deep emotional lives. Emotions have evolved as adaptations in numerous species, and they serve as a social glue to bond animals with one another." And with us, as Bekoff argues in this absorbing and important book. -- Kim Hughes
I think every animal lover should consider reading this book.
Through many observational stories by those who work with animals and through scientific study, Marc Bekoff illumines the field of animal intelligence and feeling!
I don't really mind this because I agreed with him before I ever started reading the book, and I enjoyed the stories.
This book has changed my life... and how many books can I say have done that? You see, I am, and always have been an animal lover and have always felt that animals do indeed have... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Shutterpug
Scientific research in Evolutionary biology, cognitive ethology, and social neuroscience supports the view that numerous and diverse animals have rich and deep emotional lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Williams
Didn't tell me anything I didn't already know about the emotional issues of animals, and maybe it's because I have had pets all my life and have observed them closely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice L. Pate
I love animals so I know they have thoughts and feelings, just like us. People who abandon and abuse their animals have no idea what that does to them.Published 2 months ago by Corrine Willhite
I loved this book and could not put it down once I started it. It made me smile and it made me cry.Published 4 months ago by Veronica V.
This is truly a book that all animal-lovers should read. The individual stories are heart-warming & makes for one to pause & consider if animals are really more caring, concerned... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Purrrr