Do Other Animals Keep Pets?

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A colleague just sent me a link to one of my favorite science and behavior blogs, that of Harold Herzog, the author of  Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think  Straight About Animals. I use his book in my University class, The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships," because the author is thoughtful, knowledgeable and one of those rare scientists who writes beautifully. If you find the topic interesting and haven't read his book yet, pick up a copy. I highly recommend it. The book includes a section on pets, and his recent blog addresses that issue as well; in this case, whether a video-gone-viral about "Baboons Keeping Dogs as Pets" accurately depicts the relationship between individuals of these two species. If you haven't seen it yet, the Read More

New Book on Human-Animal Relationships:

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Oh dear, I'm behind already and the day is still young. It's not my fault, it's Hal Herzog's fault, for writing such a thought-provoking and engaging  book on human/animal relationships. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, is the kind of book that once I start I can't put down--thus my late start to the day this morning. Full disclosure: First off, I teach a class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships," so this is clearly a topic near and dear to my heart. In the class, we talk about the same complications and contradictions that Hal addresses: Is it ethical to eat cows but not dogs? If yes or no, why? If you had to choose between saving the life of your own dog or a person you'd never  met, what would you do and Read More