Do animals have a sense of morality? Do they know right from wrong? In our forthcoming book, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, philosopher Jessica Pierce and I argue that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding "yes." "Ought" and "should" regarding what's right and what's wrong play important roles in the social interactions of animals, just as they do in ours.attention to the capacity for sympathy, which he believed was evidenced in a large numbers of animals. Darwin wrote, "Any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts … would inevitably acquire a moral sense of conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well-developed, or nearly as well-developed, as in man."hormone-laden teenage male. An older female sees this happen, chases the male away, and goes back to the younger female and touches her sore leg with her trunk. Eleven elephants rescue a group of captive antelope in KwaZula-Natal; the matriarch elephant undoes all of … [Read more...] about Wild Justice and Moral Intelligence in Animals
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Source: Image adapted from a Billy Hathorn photo — Creative Commons License. A short time ago a friend dropped by my house for a visit. We were sitting on my sofa sipping some wine and catching up on recent events when my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ripley, jumped up beside me and began to lick my ear. My friend's face contorted in a look of disgust and she blurted out "Why do you let him do that? You don't know what he might have just eaten. I love my Gertie [her Labrador retriever] but I won't let her lick my face. She goes out into the backyard and eats her own poop. I can smell it on her breath and the thought of her licking me after she's eaten their own feces is revolting. I've tried everything to get her to stop doing that, but nothing seems to work." It is well accepted that some dogs eat poop. They will eat their own droppings, that of other dogs, as well as the stools of other animals (I can't tell you how many times people have complained about their dog getting … [Read more...] about Which Dogs Eat Poop and Why Do They Do It?
Email By Hayley Gleeson Posted November 19, 2019 05:00:05 Photo: Some victims of coercive control report feeling as if they're being held hostage, constantly "walking on eggshells" or being "smothered alive". (Pexels.com: Austin Guevara) Related Story: Annie called police for help 19 times before she stabbed her husband. Now she's facing jail Related Story: Why do men abuse women? The answer's simpler than you think Related Story: 'You don't know what he has done to me': The brutal truth of 'ladies who stab' Map: Australia For decades women have been reporting that the most difficult thing about domestic abuse is not necessarily the physical violence: the bruised ribs, chipped teeth or broken bones.The worst part, many survivors say, is the psychological abuse — the manipulation and surveillance, the gradual isolation from friends and family, the rigid rules, degrading put-downs, humiliation and threats — the insidious "system" of behaviours perpetrators … [Read more...] about Coercive control: The ‘worst part’ of domestic abuse is not a crime in Australia. But should it be?