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A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter
by Marc Bekoff
Reviewed by The Editors on June 1, 2007
It has been argued in this magazine that consciousness extends into the rock kingdom, so it should be no great leap to consider that animals have many of the same emotions as humans. Bearing witness to these phenomena is Bekoff, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and cofounder with Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In this latest book he seamlessly weaves anecdotal evidence with startling new scientific research on the complex emotional behaviors of mice, elephants, and other nonhuman creatures. In so doing, Bekoff challenges stereotypes, answers skeptics, and affirms the innate sentience of animals and the importance of having conscious and healthy relationships with them.