Animals feel pain. Why do people believe they don’t?

The psychological disconnect between humans and other animals puts all forms of life at risk. by DEREK BERES As part of the EU Withdrawal Bill, British MPs refused to recognize animal sentience. Yet it is well-documented that animals feel a range of feelings, including pain. The delusional idea that only humans experience emotions has lead to a variety of catastrophic problems, such as mass factory farming As a child I loved Rick Raccoon. He was the only stuffed animal I owned of the Shirt Tales crew. The show was necessary Saturday Morning television before I left the cartoon-watching age. Many years later, … Continue reading Animals feel pain. Why do people believe they don’t?

Are Big Dogs Smarter Than Small Ones? Scientists Finally Have an Answer

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better than smaller pups on certain measures of intelligence, new research shows. Larger-brained dogs outperform smaller dogs on measures of executive functions – a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for controlling and coordinating other cognitive abilities and behaviors. In particular, bigger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than smaller ones, according to the study in Animal Cognition. “The jury is out on why, necessarily, brain size might relate to cognition,” says lead study author Daniel Horschler, an anthropology doctoral student and member of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Canine … Continue reading Are Big Dogs Smarter Than Small Ones? Scientists Finally Have an Answer

What Happens to Your Body if You Start Eating Bugs

Lawren Lu / Stocksy By Grant Stoddard They could up your gains, for one. The regular consumption of raw and cooked insects is the norm for two billion people with whom we share this little blue marble. In Thailand alone, 20,000farmers raise more than 7,500 tons of crickets annually. While most of the bug-munching goes down in tropical, developing countries, we’d be wrong for leaping to the conclusion that this is due to desperate times calling for desperate measures. In certain parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, insects are thought of as a delicacy. They’re also known to be much less expensive to … Continue reading What Happens to Your Body if You Start Eating Bugs

Researchers Have Identified An Area of The Dog Brain Dedicated To Processing Human Faces

The human brain (a) and dog brain (b), from Thompkins et al, 2018 By Christian Jarrett If you want to know about the special relationship between human and canine you need only watch a dog owner slavishly feed, cuddle and clean up after her furry companion, day after day after day. But is this unique cross-species relationship also reflected at a deeper level, in the workings of the canine brain? A recent study in Learning and Behavior suggests so, finding that highly trained dogs have a dedicated neural area for processing human faces, separate from the area involved in processing the faces of other dogs. The … Continue reading Researchers Have Identified An Area of The Dog Brain Dedicated To Processing Human Faces

A sleep doctor says knowing whether you’re a ‘lion,’ ‘dolphin,’ ‘wolf,’ or ‘bear’ can drastically affect your productivity

Martin Pettitt/flickr Learning your chronotype can help you improve your health, happiness, and productivity. by Shana Lebowitz The sleep doctor Michael Breus says there are four different chronotypes, each with an ideal daily routine. Breus labels the four chronotypes “lions,” “dolphins,” “wolves,” and “bears.” Learning your chronotype can help you boost your health, happiness, and productivity. A few years ago, my life changed for the better when I read “The Power of When” by Dr. Michael Breus. Breus, who calls himself the “sleep doctor” and has a practice in Los Angeles, guides readers in understanding their chronotype: their biological predisposition to be … Continue reading A sleep doctor says knowing whether you’re a ‘lion,’ ‘dolphin,’ ‘wolf,’ or ‘bear’ can drastically affect your productivity

CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) The next time you spot a security dog at the airport, chances are it’ll be some kind of cuddly breed with floppy ears. That’s because the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided that dogs with pointy ears are too “scary” for travelers – particularly younger travelers. While the TSA isn’t officially changing its dog policy to avoid breeds like German Shepherds in favor of, say, Labradors, the federal agency has indicated that it’s going to focus on maintaining a “floppy ear” force wherever possible so as to avoid “scar[ing] children.” “We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA … to … Continue reading CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

An Elephant’s Personhood on Trial

Two elephants play in a river in Thailand.WOOTTHISAK NIRONGBOOT / GETTY A legal case involving a famous solitary elephant poses a fundamental question about animals’ rights. by BRANDON KEIM Forty-seven years ago, the Asian elephant now known as Happy was one of seven calves captured—probably in Thailand, but details are hazy—and sent to the United States. She spent five years at a safari park in Florida, time that in the wild would have been spent by her mother’s side. Then she was moved to the Bronx Zoo in New York City. There Happy remains today, and since the death of … Continue reading An Elephant’s Personhood on Trial