Anything that is published by Jonathan Balcombe is a must read for everyone, not jsut Animal lovers.
These books should be part of pour national curriculum, to finally dismiss the prejudices and ignorant understanding of our fellow animals. It is not a bunny hugging book, but it pictorially displays that the emotional feelings and intellect of non-human animals are not that different from humans. All species feel pain (emotional and physical), that is a scientific fact and J. Balcombe explains it perfectly with enough quotations from eminent scientists past and present on their research and findings.
It will give those humans, that are unaware that all animals feel as we do. When we loose a child, we suffer greatly for many years and so do animals, including cows, pigs and sheep. It is a scientific fact. A fish can feel pain, yes the same way as we do, including that hook on a fishing line.
It s definitely not an anorak book, but all his books are an enlightenment to what animals are really feeling, from Pleasure to Pain, to love, to caring and even compassion. Animals make distinctive decisions, tactics, use of tools etc, not just fuelled by instinct, or learned process from other, but through mental precessing.
Such a beautiful book with interesting info on studies on animal behaviour/feelings and pictures to illustrate it. Every home should have this book, so that all living beings get the full respect they deserve. I was so touched by this book, that it made me think how I can change my life to help animals in need.
I can only highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in nature and animals - and even for those who do not care for others. Maybe they too will be inspired by this book.
'Having a laugh', 'Messing around, 'Doing it for the lolz', 'For funsies!' - all of these things seem so human but, in this beautiful book packed with fantastic photos, Jonathan Balcombe shows that animals also do things just because it makes them happy.
Lions play-fighting, lemurs soaking up the sun, birds relishing in the company of their mates, Balcombe addresses these images with a narrative detailing his own experiences and observations. The images alone are lovely and enjoyable, but the accompaniment of the author's reverent, respectful discussion on animal emotion makes each page a real treat.
Balcombe successfully demonstrates the existence of animal emotion and pleasure with each turn of the page. He comes at it from a number of angles, including demonstrating the polar opposite of pleasure: pain. In discussing the grief an animal displays when its mate dies, or showing the pain and anguish on the face of a caged bear, Balcombe expands the book beyond the 'feel-good' in order to make a statement that the emotions animals experience shouldn't just be acknowledged or enjoyed, they should be respected.
An excellent book by Jonathon Balcombe, whose erudition is complemented by his ability to write about science in an engaging way. The emotional life of animals seems to be a strangely neglected subject which Balcombe has put squarely on the map. When considering the way animals demonstrate emotional lives and relationships, I became increasingly horrified at the casual and cruel way they are treated as objects for experimentation by those researching animal behaviour. His demonstration of the way animals feel is well grounded in a more humane way of investigation which respects the animal world, and incidentally puts humans in a better light. The book is superbly illustrated with photographs which are beautifully taken and which bring out the character and personality of their animal subjects.