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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals [Paperback]

Jeffrey Masson , Susan McCarthy
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11 Jan 1996
For more than 100 years, scientists have denied that animals experience emotions, yet this remarkable and ground breaking book proves what animal-lovers have known to be true: wolves, tigers, giraffes, elephants and many other creatures exhibit all kinds of feelings - hope, fear, shame, love, compassion. From Ola, the irritable whale, to Toto, the chimpanzee who nursed his owner back to health, this book collects together for the first time a vast range of case histories which show the extraordinary complexity of the animal world, and the tumult of emotions that govern it.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (11 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478911
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Powerful stuff... Accessible and entertaining" (Guardian)

"A masterpiece... The most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility that I've yet seen" (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas)

"A powerful case for re-examining our entire relationship with the animal world" (Brian Jackman The Times)

"Among animal experts, When Elephants Weep is being hailed as a milestone in the battle to make man understand he is only one member of an enormous family" (George Gordon Daily Mail)

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From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas and spiteful killer whales, When Elephants Weep fascinates, provokes and will change the way you think about animals

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Awaited Work 17 May 2010
This book discusses an exemplary collection of examples of emotional reactions across a wide range of species. It provides compelling arguments supporting the notion that evolutionary continuity requires that animals experience emotions.

It is at the top of the line of books in this class, which strive to illustrate the sentience of other life forms and declare that it must be acknowledged.

In many ways "When Elephants Weep," successfully makes the point that homo sapiens wrongs other life forms, in failing to treat them with the consideration due to those capable of suffering.

In addition, it is a fascinating and revealing read, a must buy for people who love their pets and consider it self evident that other species may also experience their own version of subjective states, and be emotionally responsive to humans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, brilliant book 5 Jun 2013
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How wonderful to be carefully and convincingly led into the world of animal experiences, and to have their special sensory systems, types of intelligence, and evidence of loving and compassionate behaviour explained so well. Reading it is a very powerful experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 15 Jan 2013
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Beautiful story, very touching and at the same time interesting. A must read for any animal lover. I am studying animal behavior and psychology and found this book to be both intriguing and inspiring. Very nice condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and uplifting 24 Sep 2006
This is an excellent book, well written and entertaining yes, but also with much evidence to support the writer's theories.

Whilst it might be argued that some of the evidence is anecdotal, that is probably best explained by the fact the author is so knowledgable and experienced in the subject, that he is able to accurately interpret selected animal behaviour without requiring hundreds of pointless scientific experiments.

The stories in this book will bring tears (mostly of joy) to the eyes of animal lovers everywhere. Enjoy!
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