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Animals and Autonomy

Can this vitally important ethical concept be meaningfully applied to animals? In conversations about quality of life in animals, I often hear people say things like this: “Well, animals can’t say what they want, so we have to decide for them.” “Animals obviously don’t have autonomy, so we are in absolute charge of their care decisions.” Statements of this kind...
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Dogs’ Noses Know More Than Doctors About Cancer Detection

Dogs are highly accurate sniffing out various diseases and outperform humans A recent essay in New Scientist by Liz Bestic called "The cancer sniffers: Dogs could be the best tool for diagnosis" is a very good summary about what we know about the ability of dogs to sniff out cancer (the title in the print edition is "The nose knows"). Because Ms....

Walking a Dog Can Help Us Walk the Talk About Other Animals

Dogs can help people learn about the inconsistencies in how we treat animals. Nonhuman animals aren't less than human animals "Man in his arrogance thinks of himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a deity. more humble and, I believe, true to consider him created from animals." —Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man At the end of each year, I try to...
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Companion Animals Help People with Mental Health Problems

A review of research analyzed the extent, nature, and quality of the evidence For many people, sharing their lives with a companion animal (aka pet) has positive benefits while for some it doesn't. My own take on these matters is that regardless of what the science says, if living with a nonhuman companion works for you, then do it. I just learned...
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Do Dogs Love Us More Than Cats?

A recent essay by Elyse Wanshel, "Who Loves Their Humans More—Cats Or Dogs? Here’s The Answer" caught my eyes and those of others around the world. How could it not? Dog people and cat people seem always to be talking about how dogs and cats compare with one another—who's smarter, who's more loyal, who loves us the most—so Wanshel's title...
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Trainers Worry About False Claims That Dogs Lack Emotions

Confusing statements about the emotional lives of dogs ignore scientific facts. Dogs don't lack real emotions. "We like to see ourselves as special, but whatever the difference between humans and animals may be, it is unlikely to be found in the emotional domain." —Frans de Waal Dogs and numerous other nonhuman animals (animals) are sentient, conscious, and emotional beings. An extensive comparative database shows this unquestionably to be a bona...

Perfect Photography Poses for Dog and Horse Owners

What are the perfect photography poses for dog and horse owners? As a photographer specialising in horse and dog portraits, I always try to coax owners to be involved in the picture. While it’s lovely to have a treasured canvas of your four-legged friend, it’s really the relationship, the special bond between the two of you, that I hope...
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Why Dogs Matter

Dogs matter because they're alive, have intrinsic value, and are feeling beings. Why dogs matter, what's a dog worth .ugb-cc16bd5 .ugb-blockquote__quote{width:70px !important;height:70px !important}I love my dogs because she is One of my favorite books by the late British philosopher and animal advocate Dr. Mary Midgley is titled Animals and Why They Matter. It's worth quoting the book's brief description because the subjects with which Dr. Midgley...
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Dog Stories That Will Probably Surprise You

Dog Stories That Are Remarkable But True Dog Story 1 For instance, I used to be deathly afraid of dogs, but our dog Gracie surprised me by not eating me and instead, helped me heal from an anxiety disorder. That was a wonderful surprise! I wrote a book about it and Saved by Gracie: How a Rough-and-tumble Rescue Dog Dragged Me...

Alfie, an adorable rescue dog from Romania

Alfie is a rescue dog from Romania, he was thrown in a shelter with a broken leg when he was 3 months old. His living space was 6ft by 6 ft with dogs barking all around him. He was rescued by a kind man who could not afford an operation for his leg so a rescue stepped in...
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How Much Do Americans Spend on Their Pets?

45% of Pet Owners Spend the Same or More on Their Pet’s Healthcare Than Their Own LendEDU surveyed 1,000 American pet owners to ask them about their spending for their pets and how it affects their personal finances. 20% of respondents have gone into debt caring for their pet at an average of $1,566.96. Our research, news, ratings, and assessments are...
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Valuing Animals and Valuing People

(Un)surprising links between attitudes toward animals and human "outgroups" Both of these assumptions are wrong. New research in psychology suggests (and common sense confirms) that valuing humans and valuing animals tend to go hand in hand. There appear to be close links between how much moral value we accord to animals and how much we accord to other humans, especially...

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