Concerned not only with the study of animal behaviour, but also with the innumerable ways in which humans interact with and intrude into the lives of animals. Throughout, the animals' point of view is stressed, based on the author's more than three decades of experience with a variety of animals.
Foreword; Preface; 1. Chasing coyotes and moving "yellow snow"; 2. Representing and misrepresenting animals; 3. The richness of behavioral diversity: a potpourri of animal behavior; 4. Animal minds and what's in them; 5. Animal emotions: passionate natures and animal feelings; 6. Play, cooperation, and the evolution of social morality: foundations of fairness; 7. Animal welfare, animal rights, and animal protection; 8. Human intrusions into animals' lives; 9. Science, nature, and heart: minding animals and redecorating nature; 10. Animals, theology, spirituality, and love
"To find out about the rich emotional life of nonhuman species, read Minding Animals."--Natural History
"A book with both brains and a heart.... Bekoff joins courageous figures such as the anthropologist Frans de Waal and the maverick biologist Rupert Sheldrake in their attempt to make humans recognise and respect non-human animals' complex sentient and emotional lives."--Sunday Telegraph
"With this abundant narrative of Marc Bekoff a new age of intimacy between humans and animals has begun. The companionship, the play, the healing, the guidance, the protection provided by the animals, all these will be needed in the future as never before. Everyone should read Minding Animals, an amazingly thorough, delightful, and most important book." --Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth and The Great Work
"For those of us who have immersed ourselves in the well being of life forms other than human, the fact that they communicate and have feelings is as natural and understan