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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
For more than two months, independent scientists, government agencies and oil company employees have been examining the bodies of dead dolphins who have been washing ashore by the hundreds on the beaches of Peru.