Green-eyed pets

Pixie (left) and Zhanna. Photo courtesy Laurette Larocque Commonsense tells us that both dogs and cats experience jealousy. Are we being anthropomorphic or can we know for sure? Paul Thagard is a philosopher, cognitive scientist and distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is the author of The Brain and the Meaning of Life (2010) and his most recent project is the three-book Treatise on Mind and Society (2019). Edited by Nigel Warburton My friend Laurette has two cats, Zhanna and Pixie. When Laurette pets Zhanna, Pixie interferes by attacking Zhanna. By analogy to humans, it is natural to interpret … Continue reading Green-eyed pets

Top vets urge dog lovers to stop buying pugs and bulldogs

Pugs and bulldogs are incredibly trendy, but experts have massive animal welfare concerns about these genetically manipulated breeds. by JANA ROOSE Pugs, Frenchies, boxers, shih-tzus and other flat-faced dog breeds have been trending for at least the last decade. Higher visibility (usually in a celebrity’s handbag), an increase in city living (smaller dogs for smaller homes), and possibly even the fine acting of Frank the Pug in 1997’s Men in Black may be the cause. These small, specialty pure breeds are seen as the pinnacle of cuteness – they have friendly personalities, endearing odd looks, and are perfect for Stranger Things video montages. … Continue reading Top vets urge dog lovers to stop buying pugs and bulldogs

NEW BILL WOULD SEE CONVICTED ANIMAL ABUSERS DISPLAYED IN ONLINE REGISTRY

by Elias Marat, TMU Waking Times A bipartisan bill introduced in North Carolina would create an online registry of residents convicted of abusing animals, with their photos and names on display for at least two years. The bill, titled the North Carolina Abuser Registry Act and introduced by North Carolina Sens. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham) and Danny Britt (R-Robeson), would see the state’s Department of Public Safety create a public online registry that would display a mug shot of the abuser from their time of booking, their full name and other identifying information. The registry would work in a similar manner to … Continue reading NEW BILL WOULD SEE CONVICTED ANIMAL ABUSERS DISPLAYED IN ONLINE REGISTRY

Reimagining the Megalodon, the World’s Most Terrifying Sea Creature

Artist Gary Staab assembles the massive megalodon. A scale model at the bottom right shows what the finished creature will look like. (Ryan Donnell) The ancient beast of the oceans comes to life in a new display at the National Museum of Natural History By Arik Gabbai When I reached the world’s pre-eminent sculptor of long-dead monsters, he was standing atop a ladder inside a 16-foot-tall section of a megalodon tail that was propped upright in his warehouse-size studio. “I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m inside a bathroom,” Gary Staab said on his cellphone. The tail was part of a 52-foot-long, life-size … Continue reading Reimagining the Megalodon, the World’s Most Terrifying Sea Creature

Evolution Is Really Not That Into Sex

Plants and animals have reproduced without sex for eons. So why did nature bother? BY DAVID P. BARASH What is sex for? When I regularly queried students at the beginning of my course in evolutionary biology, most responded that it was for reproducing. Reasonable enough, but wrong. In fact, lots of living things reproduce without sex: Asexual reproduction is found not only in many forms of archaea and bacteria, but also in numerous plants and protists, as well as in fully one half of all animal phyla. Baker’s yeast reproduce by budding, as do hydra and parasites such as tapeworms. … Continue reading Evolution Is Really Not That Into Sex

Shelley’s Prescient Case for Animal Rights and the Spiritual Value of Vegetarianism

Illustration by Rebecca Green from How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery. “By all that is sacred in our hopes for the human race, I conjure those who love happiness and truth, to give a fair trial to the vegetable system.” BY MARIA POPOVA “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals,” the great nature writer Henry Beston wrote in 1928 as he contemplated belonging and the web of life, adding: “In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or … Continue reading Shelley’s Prescient Case for Animal Rights and the Spiritual Value of Vegetarianism

Eating someone

Lizzie #1. Photo © 2009 KevinHoran.com from the series Chattel Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and an expert in animal behaviour and intelligence. Formerly on the faculty at Emory University, she is the founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy in Utah, and president of the Whale Sanctuary Project. Edited by Pam Weintraub We’ve all heard them and used them – the common references to farmed animals that appeal to the worst part of human nature: ‘pearls … Continue reading Eating someone