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  • 2013 Game Changers

    Two events share top prize as game changers for the year just ending: The Nonhuman Rights Project's lawsuits have started a whole new conversation about how we relate to other…

    2013 Game Changers

    Two events share top prize as game changers for the year just ending:

    The Nonhuman Rights Project’s lawsuits have started a whole new conversation about how we relate to other animals.

    And Blackfish, the movie that explores why killer whales go berserk and kill their trainers, has upended how millions of people think of animals being used as entertainment at SeaWorld and other circuses.

    Weekly Recap, August 11 2012

    It’s the ecology, stupid … The movie shooter’s animal connection … parrots know which box has the food … Are cats wiping out birds? … India’s…

    Seals on Trial

    Scientists plan to glue submersible cameras onto the seals’ backs, using the footage to prove to fishermen the animals are not harming their way of life.…

    Bonobo Genome Revelation

    Scientists have completed the mapping of the bonobo genome. This means that all five great ape species – chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans – have now had their genomes mapped.

    Do Plants Think?

    In his new book, What a Plant Knows, Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University, says they can see, smell and feel – not in the same way as animals, obviously, but certainly their own way.

    Farewell to Oliver the ‘Humanzee’

    Oliver was captured in Africa as a two-year-old in the 1960s and sold to animal trainers in the U.S. For the next few years he was exploited for the fact that he had a flatter face than most chimpanzees and tended to walk upright like a human. Perhaps, his owners suggested, he was a hybrid or a “missing link.”

    Chimps, Orangutans Have Human-Like Personalities

    Do chimpanzees, orangutans and other nonhuman great apes have distinct personalities like us? It’s been a longstanding debate within the scientific community, and those who seek to exploit these animals have long argued that “personality” is a distinctly human attribute, not shared by any other species.

    Fido’s Mysterious Ancestors

    Dr. Larson and his colleagues conducted a detailed analysis of DNA 1,375 dogs of 121 breeds, along with 19 wolves. They found that all the modern breeds of dog had been so mixed that their early genetic history was impossible to see.

    Out of the Frying Pan … Into a Good Home!

    This little piggy didn’t go to market. Instead, Olivia, as she is now known, is living with her forever family. Several weeks ago, Olivia fell off a truck along Interstate 80 in Iowa. A driver who saw what had happened stopped, picked up the piglet, and took her to Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARLI).