Do Animals Think

Author: Clive D. L. Wynne
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400849551
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Does your dog know when you've had a bad day? Can your cat tell that the coffee pot you left on might start a fire? Could a chimpanzee be trained to program your computer? In this provocative book, noted animal expert Clive Wynne debunks some commonly held notions about our furry friends. It may be romantic to ascribe human qualities to critters, he argues, but it's not very realistic. While animals are by no means dumb, they don't think the same way we do. Contrary to what many popular television shows would have us believe, animals have neither the "theory-of-mind" capabilities that humans have (that is, they are not conscious of what others are thinking) nor the capacity for higher-level reasoning. So, in Wynne's view, when Fido greets your arrival by nudging your leg, he's more apt to be asking for dinner than commiserating with your job stress. That's not to say that animals don't possess remarkable abilities--and Do Animals Think? explores countless examples: there's the honeybee, which not only remembers where it found food but communicates this information to its hivemates through an elaborate dance. And how about the sonar-guided bat, which locates flying insects in the dark of night and devours lunch on the wing? Engagingly written, Do Animals Think? takes aim at the work of such renowned animal rights advocates as Peter Singer and Jane Goodall for falsely humanizing animals. Far from impoverishing our view of the animal kingdom, however, it underscores how the world is richer for having such a diversity of minds--be they of the animal or human variety.

Do Animals Have Rights

Author: Alison Hills
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1840468181
Size: 60.52 MB
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In this highly accessible book Alison Hills steers a careful path between often impractical poles of thought and, for once, provides a practical and liveable idea of the ethics of animals. Telling the story of how animals have been thought of through human history, she argues in particular that we must distinguish between species - all animals are not, in fact, equal.

How Do Animals Move

Author: Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780865059818
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Introduces various methods of animal locomotion, discussing quadrupedal gaits, flight, aquatic movement, and more unconventional variations.

How Do Animals Communicate

Author: Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780778732822
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A look at how animals communicate.

Animals Make Us Human

Author: Temple Grandin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547393954
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How can we give animals the best life—for them? What does an animal need to be happy? In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life—on their terms, not ours. Knowing what causes animals physical pain is usually easy, but pinpointing emotional distress is much harder. Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and then explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, zoo animals, and even wildlife. Whether it’s how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures. Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience. This is essential reading for anyone who’s ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Time The Animal Mind

Author: The Editors of TIME
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
ISBN: 1683302206
Size: 75.37 MB
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Why Do People Harm Animals

Author: Chris Mason
Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree
ISBN: 9780739849620
Size: 11.92 MB
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Discusses varying opinions on ways in which humans may hurt animals by raising them for food, using them as entertainment, and even keeping them as pets.

What Do Animals Need

Author: Margaret McNamara
Publisher: Benchmark Education Company
ISBN: 1606341715
Size: 57.71 MB
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How Do Animals Adapt

Author: Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780865059801
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Describes how animals adapt to survive, discussing camouflage, mimicry, poisons, defense, adaptations to weather, feeding, and mating.

Animals Matter

Author: Marc Bekoff
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825871
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Nonhuman animals have many of the same feelings we do. They get hurt, they suffer, they are happy, and they take care of each other. Marc Bekoff, a renowned biologist specializing in animal minds and emotions, guides readers from high school age up—including older adults who want a basic introduction to the topic—in looking at scientific research, philosophical ideas, and humane values that argue for the ethical and compassionate treatment of animals. Citing the latest scientific studies and tackling controversies with conviction, he zeroes in on the important questions, inviting reader participation with "thought experiments" and ideas for action. Among the questions considered: • Are some species more valuable or more important than others? • Do some animals feel pain and suffering and not others? • Do animals feel emotions? • Should endangered animals be reintroduced to places where they originally lived? • Should animals be kept in captivity? • Are there alternatives to using animals for food, clothing, cosmetic testing, and dissection in the science classroom? • What can we learn by imagining what it feels like to be a dog or a cat or a mouse or an ant? • What can we do to make a difference in animals’ quality of life? Bekoff urges us not only to understand and protect animals—especially those whose help we want for our research and other human needs—but to love and respect them as our fellow beings on this planet that we all want to share in peace.