Last week, a manatee was found in Florida waters, with the word ‘Trump’ scraped on its back. Although this kind of ruthless mutilation is horrific in itself, I started wondering if the animal felt any kind of pain. I must admit, up until I came across the news about what happened to the manatee in … More On the nature of pain
Our experience with animals has shown us that they are not mindless creatures, functioning solely based on their instincts, as Skinner’s behaviourism suggests. In fact, many animals exert characteristics generally thought to be uniquely human. This idea is important not only because it challenges our efforts to answer the ancient question of what actually makes … More Animals are more than we think: Empathy and social intelligence in animals
We, as scientists, have become desensitized to the pain, the distress and the physical and emotional damage that we inflict on laboratory animals. So much so, that we constantly find justifications for our cruel experiments in the goal of finding cures for the illnesses of our conspecifics, and in the rules and regulations that authorize … More Forced to suffer for science: From animal cruelty and experimental inefficiency to a change of perspective.
If you liked the article about turtles a while ago, you may also enjoy this. Two very dear friends of mine, whom I met in Kefalonia, made this video, and it illustrates better than anything our experience on the Ionian island. Video