Category Archives: Animal Rights

Humans and Gorillas:  The Harambe Tragedy. 

  Harambe, a 17-year-old male Western lowland gorilla (an endangered species with only about 175,000 left in the world), was shot to death on May 28 when a 3 year old boy fell 12 feet (seemingly without injury as he was … Continue reading

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Ringling Brothers and Elephants

Today I published an opinion piece about this in the New York Daily News.  It has generated a lot of comment.  I would like to know  your opinion.  Here is the link: http://nydn.us/1wAkvGQ People care about elephants, with good reason. … Continue reading

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Orcas Who Play with Their Food

You probably know the orca by its other name: the killer whale. This name is old. In 1835, R. Hamilton wrote that the killer whale “…has the character of being exceedingly voracious and warlike. It devours an immense number of … Continue reading

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Peaceable Kingdom

Some years ago I conducted a fairly ordinary experiment in group living: I introduced a baby rabbit, two baby rats, a kitten, a puppy, and a rooster and a chick to one another at a very early age, and surprise, … Continue reading

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Do Animals Get Depressed?

I re-read William Styron’s 1991 “tale of horror,” Darkness Visible about his deep depression in the 1980s. I could not help thinking, as I was reading, the big cats don’t get depressed… sharks don’t get depressed… elephants don’t get depressed. … Continue reading

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Crocs and Us

Crocs and Us . Recently we were warned that there was a great white shark swimming not far from our house on the beach in Auckland.  Nobody entered the ocean for weeks.  If you told me the chances of being … Continue reading

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What distinguishes humans from animals?

For years the myth was of “Man the Hunter.” Gone now, thank god. But in its place do we really need to be “Man the hunted?” That humans have always been prey to larger, better equipped predators like the big … Continue reading

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