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
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 11 days 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 29 days 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 2 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 3 months ago by The Purrrr
I think every animal lover should consider reading this book. Very insightful and full of great personal stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Meredith King
Well worth reading. Explore your assumptions that animals don't have feelings. Understand that each animal deserves respect no matter its place in the world.Published 7 months ago by Horse's Friend
This book is pretty inspiring and touching. If you want beautiful short stories of animals and a source for thinking about our relationships with them, this book might be right for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Javier González-Cortés