The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff
The Emotional Lives of Animals, A Leading Animal Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorry, and Empathy — and Why They Matter
By Marc Bekoff
Marc Bekoff spent years studying social communication across a wide range of species. In this book, Bekoff explores how animals display a broad range of emotions including compassion, happiness, joy, empathy, grief, anger, and even resentment and embarrassment. Scientific research shows that many animals have extreme intelligence and sensory and motor abilities far greater than ours. Bekoff reveals that many animals share emotions with us because we share a similar brain structure in the limbic system. In his book, Bekoff blends fascinating stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Bekoff’s book is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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