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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation [Kindle Edition]

Marc Bekoff
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In 2009, Marc Bekoff was asked to write on animal emotions for Psychology Today. Some 500 popular, jargon-free essays later, the field of anthrozoology — the study of human-animal relationships — has grown exponentially, as have scientific data showing how smart and emotional nonhuman animals are. Here Bekoff offers selected essays that showcase the fascinating cognitive abilities of other animals as well as their empathy, compassion, grief, humor, joy, and love. Humpback whales protect gray whales from orca attacks, combat dogs and other animals suffer from PTSD, and chickens, rats, and mice display empathy. This collection is both an updated sequel to Bekoff’s popular book The Emotional Lives of Animals and a call to begin the important work of “rewilding” ourselves and changing the way we treat other animals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608682196
  • Publisher: New World Library (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G01WSZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another one for the recommended reading list 3 Jan 2014
By DaleMc
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A must for anyone with an interest in animals, written in such a way that the reader can engage quickly with the subject matter. I highly recommend this book and am confident that every reader will definitely learn more about animals, and appreciate them even more.
Marc Bekoff's books are always thought provoking and informative and this collection of short essays is another one that I will be recommending to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 29 Jan 2014
By Pamela Kramer - Published on
This book is a must-read book for anyone who professes to love animals. It's is filled with essays written by the animal lover and professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology. Bekoff knows his stuff. He has written over 800 popular essays on animal emotions and scientific theories.

Some of the essays are quite esoteric while others are very practical and informative. Bekoff explains animals' cognitive abilities and discusses their ability to experience empathy, grief, humor and love.

Most animal lovers know that our dogs and cats experience pain and emotion. But did you know animals can experience PTSD?

Another essay is about Jasper, a moon bear rescued from a cage where he was kept immobile for years so that his bile could be extracted. Animals Asia, started by Jill Robinson, works hard to change the fate of moon bears (and other bears) in China and other countries in Asia. She and Bekoff wrote the picture book "Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears," which I cannot read aloud without choking up at the end. Every time I read it.

Bekoff takes on the subject of zoos and talks about a dark secret. Many zoos kill animals that are not "needed" because they don't fit into the zoos' breeding plans. They wait to kill the animals until after the parents care for them through the infant stages. Is that because baby animals draw visitors? They claim it's so that the parents have the experience of parenting. He also clarifies what that should be called. "Euthanasia" is mercy killing of a living being who is suffering. Unwanted animals who are healthy are not suffering. It should be called "zoothanasia" instead. Killing healthy animals.

Bekoff simply does not shy away from telling it like it is.

About SeaWorld he writes, "SeaWorld is really a SeaJail and a whale mill and should be ashamed of how they keep highly sentient beings and for continuing to deceive an unknowing public about what they really do and why they do it. Simply put, SeaWorld heartlessly abuses amazing animals, forces them to perform stupid and unnatural tricks, forces them to breed, and doesn't allow them to retire, all in the name of money."

Bekoff's vision for the future: "Phasing out zoos in favor of sanctuaries where individuals can live out their lives with respect and dignity should be the focus of future efforts to enrich and honor the lives of the numerous animals who find themselves languishing in captivity."

Marc Bekoff is a hero. The animals in this world are extremely lucky to have such a compassionate, prolific writer on their side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Animal Lovers 17 Jun 2014
By Phil Zarrow - Published on
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Don't let the title mis-lead you - the book is not so much about peculiarities of animals but the peculiarities and cruelties of humans who don't understand and see animals as beneath humankind. This book is written by a psychologist who is an animal lover and believes in egalitarianism with regard to all animals (including humans) on our earth. And very compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and enlightening read 13 Feb 2014
By Lindsay Post - Published on
A must-read for anyone who loves animals, lives with animals, or just wants to learn more about the fellow beings with whom we share the planet. Dr. Bekoff’s thoughtful collection of essays will deepen your understanding of, and appreciation for, other species. An engaging and enlightening read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Jan 2014
By Elizabeth Kramer - Published on
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I'm a dog trainer and have been for over seven years. Bekoff gets it right. Animal lovers will really enjoy this collection of his essays -- updated -- about animals and our relationship with them. He covers the good, and he also covers the bad (think SeaWorld and Blackfish).

It's nice to have another nonfiction book about humans and "nonhuman animals."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading 13 Dec 2013
By George Wuerthner - Published on
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Mark Bekoff's book Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed is full of fascinating and compassionate insights to animals. An animal behaviorist, Mark brings a scientific inquiry and mind mixed with humor and whit to reflecting on what animals do what they do. The articles are a collection of short essays he's published so the book leads itself to reading in bits and pieces. You don't have to read it end to end, though there is no reason not to. However, you can carry it to the bus stop and browse a chapter or two or read a couple of essays before you go to bed. Anyone who has ever had a relationship with their pets or loved wild animals will find this book inspirational and enjoyable.
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