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PETITION TARGET: Detroit Police Chief James Craig

A young female pit bull found cruelly dumped in a trash can showed scars on her neck from chains and signs of breeding abuse, as she had clearly recently given birth to puppies.

The emaciated and terrified dog was likely used as a breeding machine and thrown away when she was no longer useful to her supposed caretakers. The new mother’s puppies were nowhere to be found, and their fate is still unknown.

Disposing of a living creature with no regard for her wellbeing is an unthinkable act of cruelty and must not be tolerated in our society. Anyone capable of such a barbaric deed should not be caring for any animal, especially newborn puppies. Police must find the perpetrator(s) soon.

Sign this petition urging the Detroit Police Chief James Craig to use all available resources to find the culprit(s) responsible for this heinous act of animal abuse and ensure he or she never harms another dog again.

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information, please contact the Michigan Humane Society at 313-872-3401.

SIGN: Justice for Pit Bull Mother Dumped in Garbage Can After Giving Birth

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The people who did this do not deserve to live, find them, find the babies and bring them to mom NOW!

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please find and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the person responsible for cruelly throwing the poor pit bull mother out in the garbage. So sad!

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Disgusting vile cruel monster did this. Scum.

Coro­n­avirus Helps Homeless Pets but Hurts Dog Walkers

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BY ANGI GONZALEZ NEW YORK CITY

Like other businesses across New York State, animal shelters had to reduce their on-site workforce by 50 percent to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The problem is that animal shelters are not like other businesses.

“We still have hundreds of animals that need to be fed, that need to be walked, that need to be examined by our vet staff,” said Katy Hansen, the director of marketing and communications at NYC ACC.

So the Animal Care Centers of New York City decided to put out a public plea on social media. They announced on Friday that they were seeking volunteers to adopt pets, or at least take them in on a temporarily, during the coronavirus outbreak.

The response they received was unprecedented.

“We thought, ‘Ok, we’ll have maybe 25 to 30,’ Hansen said. “We had over 1,000 people fill out the application form.”

One of the applicants was NYC Public Schools teacher Yea Niedermayer.

“I saw the plea on Instagram. We got to sign up, especially once we found out my husband Daniel will be home for an extended period of time,” said Niedermayer, who is fostering a dog named “Snickers.”

Niedermayer is also working from home until at least April 20.

In the meantime, she and her husband told NY1 that they can give “Snickers” all the attention she needs.

In return, “Snickers” and animals like her are helping fill a void in the lives of fosters.

Many are dealing with a feeling of loneliness that can come with social distancing.

“She’s so sweet and very cuddly,” said Niedermayer.

Although the surge of New Yorkers staying at home has been a boon to animal shelters, it’s also creating uncertainty for the city’s dog walkers.

“The walks have dramatically decreased,” said dog walker Andrea Candelo.

Candelo told NY1 that many of her clients suddenly have the time to walk their own dogs now.

She added that all of her upcoming dog-sitting appointments have been canceled.

“I’m a little scared, stressed out. I don’t know how I’m going to pay all my bills if this continues like this. For now, I have enough food. I have enough cans to eat,” Candelo said.

She said if clients could keep even a single dog-walking session during the week, that it would make all the difference.

She thinks it would be helpful not only for dogs but dog walkers too.

NYC ACC is still looking for adopters and fosters for large dogs and older cats.

To see which animals are available for adoption go to their website.

 

Chinese firm encourages people to EAT DOGS to show ‘cultural confidence’ as it boycotts drafted law that bars pet meat from the dinner plate in the wake of coronavirus outbreak

  • The claim was made by a firm specialising in making dog meat dishes in China
  • It alleged that lawmakers in Shenzhen drafted the proposal to appease the West
  • It blasted the proposal as a ‘denial to thousands of years of Chinese food culture’
  • Animal activists have urged China to forbid the consumption of dogs for years 
  • The drafted law is currently under assessment by the government of Shenzhen
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A company specialising in making dog meat dishes has claimed that eating dogs is a way for Chinese people to show their ‘cultural confidence’.

Fankuai Dog Meat from eastern China made the statement in a blog post while protesting against a proposed law which bans people from consuming pets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The brand claims that lawmakers in the city of Shenzhen drafted the proposal to appease the West.

Fankuai Dog Meat, a company based in eastern China, has claimed that eating dogs is a way for Chinese people to show their 'cultural confidence'. It boycotts a proposal by lawmakers from Shenzhen, which bans the locals from consuming dog meat to improve food safety

Fankuai Dog Meat, a company based in eastern China, has claimed that eating dogs is a way for Chinese people to show their ‘cultural confidence’. It boycotts a proposal by lawmakers from Shenzhen, which bans the locals from consuming dog meat to improve food safety

Volunteer veterinarians treat sick and wounded dogs rescued from a truck heading towards the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in an improvised shelter in Guangzhou, China, on June 22

Volunteer veterinarians treat sick and wounded dogs rescued from a truck heading towards the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in an improvised shelter in Guangzhou, China, on June 22

Fankuai produces a wide range of dishes, including hand-shredded dog meat, spicy dog meat and dog meat braised in a turtle broth.

Based in the county of Pei in Jiangsu Province, the firm is named after an ancient Chinese general who allegedly made his living by butchering dogs in his early years.

The company published the strongly worded article last Thursday to condemn the potential policy from Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

The commentary blasted the city’s plan as a ‘denial to thousands of years of Chinese food culture’.

It claimed that relevant officials had stood on the opposite side of the general public and drawn the proposal to appease the West, which is used to ‘bullying’ Chinese culture.

It also said that the proposal represented ‘extreme dog lovers’ and created ‘inharmonious social atmosphere’.

Fankuai blasted Shenzhen's plan as a 'denial to thousands of years of Chinese food culture' in a now-deleted commentary published last Thursday. Pictured above, a man wearing a face mask carries his pet dog on a street in Jiujiang in China's central Jiangxi province on March 6

Fankuai blasted Shenzhen’s plan as a ‘denial to thousands of years of Chinese food culture’ in a now-deleted commentary published last Thursday. Pictured above, a man wearing a face mask carries his pet dog on a street in Jiujiang in China’s central Jiangxi province on March 6

It then argued that people in various Chinese provinces 'have a history of eating dogs for two to three thousand years', therefore the proposal 'strips people of their freedom of eating dog meat'. Pictured above, a Chinese woman holds her dog that is wearing a protective mask

It then argued that people in various Chinese provinces ‘have a history of eating dogs for two to three thousand years’, therefore the proposal ‘strips people of their freedom of eating dog meat’. Pictured above, a Chinese woman holds her dog that is wearing a protective mask

The firm said it supported Beijing’s new law to ban the eating of wild animals, but criticised the Shenzhen authority for extending the restriction ‘infinitely’ to including ‘livestock’.

It then argued that people in various Chinese provinces ‘have a history of eating dogs for two to three thousand years’, therefore the proposal ‘strips people of their freedom of eating dog meat’.

The article went on to allege that the proposition from Shenzhen protected the interests of ‘extreme dog lovers’.

‘Extreme dog lovers are influenced by the extremist thoughts from the West and appease Western rubbish culture without limit,’ it wrote.

The author concluded its criticism by urging Shenzhen not to pass the law.

The post has been removed from the company’s WeChat account after it had sparked an uproar among Chinese animal activists.

The company has refused an interview request from MailOnline on the matter. One representative cited ‘sensitive topics’ as the reason for the rejection.

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most controversial food festivals in China and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals. The picture shows butchered dogs at a stall in Yulin on June 21, 2018

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most controversial food festivals in China and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals. The picture shows butchered dogs at a stall in Yulin on June 21, 2018

Animal activists have demanded the Chinese government prohibit the consumption of dogs for years.

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most controversial food festivals in China and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals.

If this proposal from Shenzhen gets passed, it will be the first of its kind in the country.

Apart from dogs, the proposed act bars snake, frog and turtle meat from the dinner table.

Lawmakers from Shenzhen, a city of around 13 million people, published the proposal on February 25 on its government’s website.

The public had until March 5 to send in their feedback to the document.

Fankuai’s controversial claims came after a Chinese scholar said that the country should ban the eating of dogs and cats completely, not just in Shenzhen, to ‘restore its international image’.

Guo Changgang, an academic from Shanghai, called for Beijing to set up legislation and impose the restriction across the country.

Guo Changgang (pictured), the head of the History Research Centre of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said China should establish a relevant law to protect companion animals

‘The consumption of dog meat and cat meat has never been a social custom that is ‘widely accepted by the people’,’ claimed Mr Guo, the head of the History Research Centre of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

He acknowledged the government’s efforts to crack down on the wildlife trade to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But he hoped that national lawmakers could extend the protection to cover companion animals.

‘Eating wild animals, dog meat and cat meat is one of the important elements that damage China’s international image,’ he wrote on news app Toutiao.

At least 4,380 people have died and more than 121,800 have contracted the disease globally

A man wears a mask as he looks at an empty St. Peter's Square after the Vatican erected a new barricade at the edge of the square on Tuesday. Italy entered its first day under a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement to the whole nation

A man wears a mask as he looks at an empty St. Peter’s Square after the Vatican erected a new barricade at the edge of the square on Tuesday. Italy entered its first day under a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement to the whole nation

People wearing masks sit in a subway train in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday. In Italy, the government extended a coronavirus containment order previously limited to the country's north to the rest of the country beginning Tuesday, with soldiers and police enforcing bans

People wearing masks sit in a subway train in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday. In Italy, the government extended a coronavirus containment order previously limited to the country’s north to the rest of the country beginning Tuesday, with soldiers and police enforcing bans

China’s top legislative committee last month passed new legislation to ban all trade and consumption of wild animals.

Beijing is yet to revise its wild animal protection law, but the passage of the proposal was ‘essential’ and ‘urgent’ in helping the country win its war against the epidemic, wrote state newspaper People’s Daily.

The exact source of the novel coronavirus remains unconfirmed. Scientists speculate that it originated in bats, snakes, pangolins, or some other animal.

In China alone, the health crisis has claimed at least 3,158 lives and infected more than 80,900 people.

And globally, at least 4,380 people have died and more than 121,800 have contracted the disease. More than 100 countries are now trying to contain the contagion.

Experts from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said tests proved that humans caught the virus from animals at the Huanan Seafood Wholesales Market.

Coronavirus crisis declared pandemic by World Health Organisation

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Pit Bull Always Brings Her Blind Chicken Sister Her Favorite Toys

She’s her guide dog ❤️️🐶🐔

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BREAKING DOWN THE COYOTE MATING MEME

https://www.coyotewatchcanada.com/site/blog/2019/02/21/breaking-down-the-coyote-mating-meme?fbclid=IwAR1Y6bz6X5q9phYferGAJNr3-T6lalDkfKkp1RzHiQy_zxLZp0HoGF8_tuY

Posted Feb 21st, 2019 in Blog

Breaking down the coyote mating memeIf you’re friends with a pet owner, dog walker, or maybe even just someone who’s a fan of clicking the ‘share’ button, you’ve likely seen the post below. It states that coyotes are actively mating, and that they become more aggressive at this time of year. Further, it implies that coyotes will draw dogs to an awaiting pack to kill them.

Where to start?

There is some truth in the post: coyotes are mating this time of year. However, they’re monogamous – so only young coyotes will be seeking a new mate. The gestation period is roughly 60 days, give or take. And loose dogs can come into conflict with coyotes (as well as other wildlife to whom dogs are seen as predators or risks toward). That’s about where the facts of this post end, and the sensationalism and disinformation begin.

This post indicates that an individual coyote will encourage a dog to chase them, then slowly lead them back to a pack (who is waiting for your dog). This is a wildly inaccurate assessment of canine behaviour, both for domestic dogs and for coyotes. What has been documented is dogs chasing or harassing wildlife of all sizes and stripes – loose dogs can pose a major threat to other animals.

Coyotes are naturally curious, and an essential part of their ecosystems. They will watch a dog and determine if they are a threat (that’s the long stare you may hear about). But if chased by a dog, which is what dogs often do, they will return to the safety of their family – just like you would if you were being chased by a predator. At that point, a coyote family may defend themselves, their territory, their den, or a food source from a predator or invader. This is not luring or some form of trickery, but very simple cause and effect initiated by a loose dog chasing wildlife.

Male coyotes do not become more aggressive this time of year. Both coyotes in a mated pair will protect each other, their territory, their resources like food, and their den or pups. The role a dog or human play in this is entirely on humans – not coyotes.

About the picture

This photo is deeply upsetting to those of us who have seen the original photo series. While it may appear to be a coyote attacking a dog and grabbing his collar, the full, uncropped series of images shows a coyote trapped against a fence line by their back leg. Three dogs are attacking and snapping at the coyote (the photo showing a third dog is not shown below due to its graphic nature), and there is evidence that they have bitten them on the hind quarters. This is not a coyote attacking – it is a coyote desperately defending themselves against three dangerous predators and the human who trapped the coyote. This is animal cruelty – and it’s been shared and promoted by unknowing animal lovers across the internet.

If you love animals – be it dogs, coyotes, cats, bears, or even guinea pigs, please consider deleting your share of that original post and sharing this one instead. You can also share this post into the comments of friends who have posted the original meme.

Knowledge is an essential step on the path to compassionate co-existence and co-flourishing, and it starts with you.

This blog was co-authored by Coyote Watch Canada and our friends at The Fur-Bearers.

PETA blasts AOC for apparently choosing purebred puppy over rescue dog

Liberal firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is once again being dogged by criticism — this time over a puppy.

The animal rights group PETA blasted AOC for apparently buying a purebred French bulldog instead of adopting a homeless dog from a shelter.

“The dog is pretty clearly a Frenchie and a very young puppy who appears to have been purchased from a breeder,” PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne told The Post.

The freshman Democrat introduced the pup to her social media followers Tuesday, but has refused to answer questions about the still-unnamed dog’s origins.

But she is taking name suggestions from her followers: “We are thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related,” she said on Instagram.

PETA didn’t think there was anything cute about AOC’s pet pick.

“With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to AOC on Thursday.

“Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs — including French bulldogs — who need homes. Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands more, many of whom will be ‘put to sleep’ for lack of a home,” Newkirk wrote.

“French bulldogs are inbred in order to produce breed-specific traits, which cause health problems that many people who will be influenced by your purchase won’t be able to afford to address,” Newkirk continued.

“They are particularly at risk because their ‘cute’ features plague them with a lifetime of breathing problems, ear and eye infections, skin irritation, a weak stomach, and other issues,” she wrote.

Newkirk also lectured AOC about proper canine care.

“We’re also sending you a copy of the book Dogs Hate Crates, which explains why crate training is not humane or effective,” Newkirk wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez had posted a video on her Instagram of the bulldog whimpering inside a small black cage.

Reps for the congresswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dogs caught in traps meant for wildlife spurs workshop

JACKSON, Wyo. — Multiple incidents of domestic dogs inadvertently caught in leghold traps intended for wildlife has local advocacy group Wyoming Untrapped warning dog owners and scheduling another informative Trap Release Workshop for this weekend.

Last week, a friend was walking Natalie Tanaka’s dog Roswell up Darby Canyon. They came upon a fox that was caught in a trap. While investigating, Roswell also became ensnared in another trap nearby. Roswell was so panicked he bit his human, who could not get the trap released. A sheriff’s deputy was called and he could not get the dog loose by himself until backup arrived.

Some 45 minutes later, Roswell was freed and pronounced mostly unharmed by a local vet. Just some soft tissue damage. Roswell’s human friend is undergoing antibiotic treatment for the dog bites.

“I appreciate the assistance of all of those who helped. I’m thankful my pup will be okay,” Tanaka told Wyoming Untrapped. “I understand rural life. However, I don’t believe in the inhumane treatment of animals. Traps are nasty, excruciatingly painful, and slow. The tortured animal has to be in pain for days before humans are legally required to go see what’s in the trap. We can do better than this barbaric practice.”

The trap was set legally.

In the days following Roswell’s close call, two more dogs in eastern Idaho were caught in leg snares in Tetonia and Victor.

Lisa Rob, director of Wyoming Untrapped, said, “Due to several pet trapping events in just a week, WU has received several requests to host another Trap Release Workshop.”

The workshop will take place Saturday, November 23, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Teton County Library in Jackson. Carter Niemeyer, retired Fish and Wildlife Director of the wolf recovery, will direct the workshop and share his experiences. He will demonstrate how to release an animal from a variety of traps.

MAYBE IT’S TIME TO TAKE ANIMAL FEELINGS SERIOUSLY

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This expression is commonly known as ‘having the sh*ts’. Source: Flickr

Many recent studies have confirmed what you always knew: your dog has feelings.

Dogs can read human emotionsSo, it appears, can horses. Whales have regional accents. Ravens have demonstrated that they might be able to guess at the thoughts of other ravens — something scientists call “theory of mind,” which has long been considered a uniquely human ability. All of these findings have been published within the past several weeks, and taken together they suggest that many of the traits and abilities we believe are “uniquely human” are, in fact, not so unique to us.

That statement probably sounds as if it is veering perilously close to anthropomorphism, and if you know anything about research concerning animal behavior, you likely know this: Anthropomorphism is bad. Animals are animals, and people are people; to assume that an elephant, for example, experiences joy in the same way a human does is laughably unscientific. This has been the prevailing mode of thought in this line of scientific inquiry for most of the last century — to staunchly avoid, and even ridicule, any research project that dared to suggest that animals might be thinking or feeling in the same way that humans do.

But new studies like these, along with a slew of recent books by respected biologists and science writers, are seriously considering the inner lives of animals. Now some prominent scientists are arguing that, though the impulse was well-intentioned, decades of knee-jerk avoidance of all things anthropomorphic may have mostly served to hold this field back. “It ruined the field,” biologist and author Carl Safina told Science of Us. “Not just held it back — it’s ruined the field. It prevented people from even asking those questions for about 40 years.”

New studies … are seriously considering the inner lives of animals. Though the impulse was well-intentioned, decades of knee-jerk avoidance of all things anthropomorphic may have mostly served to hold this field back.

The theme of Safina’s book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel pairs nicely with a forthcoming title from famed primatologist Frans de Waal called Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Both scientists make the case for something the biologist Gordon Burghardt called “critical anthropomorphism” — using your own human intuition and understanding as a starting point for understanding animal cognition. “Thus, saying that animals ‘plan’ for the future or ‘reconcile’ after fights is more than anthropomorphic language: These terms propose testable ideas,” de Waal writes.

Animal behavioral science began in the 1910s and 1920s by focusing on description in order to combat superstition (cats are not witches’ familiars, tortoises are not especially tenacious, and grasshoppers are not lazy, etc). The problem is that, eventually, “[d]escription — and onlydescription — became ‘the’ science of animal behavior,” Safina writes in his book, which was published last summer. “Wondering what feelings or thoughts might motivate behavioral acts became totally taboo.” Here’s an example Safina uses: A “good” scientist’s notes might say something like, “The elephant positioned herself between her calf and the hyena.” A bad, anthropomorphic-leaning scientist, on the other hand, would observe the same scene and write, “The mother positioned herself to protect her baby from the hyena.” How can the scientist prove what the mother elephant was intending to do? You can’t see a thought; you can’t observe a feeling. Therefore, to presume that animals possessed either of these things was considered unscientific.

Even raising the mere question of animal awareness was once enough to potentially ruin a career. In the 1970s, the biologist Donald Griffin published a book that did almost exactly that: Question of Animal Awareness. Griffin at this point was a well-respected scientist who had recently made the discovery that bats use echolocation, or sonar, to navigate their surroundings. But after the publication of his book, his professional reputation was largely ruined. Even Jane Goodall caught some flak for going so far as to “humanize” her chimp research subjects by giving them names, and as recently as the 1990s, a writer in the prestigious journal Science advised that research concerning animal cognition “isn’t a project I’d recommend to anyone without tenure.”

Even raising the mere question of animal awareness was once enough to potentially ruin a career.

Better data, including advances in neuroimaging technology and videos from scientists doing fieldwork, is now forcing many to reconsider some very basic questions of animal cognition. Today it sometimes seems like barely a week goes by without the publication of some new study that shows evidence of one species or another demonstrating what might’ve once been considered a strictly “human” ability or emotion.

Evidence of empathy, and even comforting behavior, has been observed in a variety of species

A recent study proposed that the humble prairie vole, a rodent found across the United States and Canada, appears to console its fellow vole after mean scientists stress it out by giving it a (small) electric shock.

Behaviors that look a lot like consolation have also been observed in animals known for their sociability, like elephants. When one Asian elephant sees that another elephant is agitated, scientists have observed that the calmer one will respond by touching the distressed animal with its trunk. “I’ve never heard that vocalization when elephants are alone,” Joshua Plotnik, who led the study, told Discovery. “It may be a signal like, ‘Shshh, it’s okay,’ the sort of sounds a human adult might make to reassure a baby.”

Contagious yawning, some scientists argue, is another signal of empathy and has recently been observed and recorded in chimpanzees.

Some research suggests that a few animals have demonstrated signals of self-awareness

The best way scientists currently have of measuring this admittedly abstract concept is the mirror recognition test (though some recent work has called the accuracy of this method into question). This usually involves marking the subject with some kind of conspicuous, but odorless, dye and placing it in front of a mirror. Passing the test involves examining the mark in the mirror, and then examining it on their own body; this suggests that the animal grasps that the reflection is a representation of them. Apes and monkeys seem to be able to figure the game out.

In the early 2000s, a pair of scientists found that bottlenose dolphins could also pass the mirror test with flying colors. In her new book Voices in the Ocean, science writer Susan Casey nods to that study, and notes that, in subsequent years, elephants and magpies have also taken the mirror test and passed. (For context, humans don’t pass this test until they are about two.)

Some animals appear to be capable of understanding the perspective of others 

Beyond the raven’s newly discovered behaviors, there is evidence that scrub jays are able to see the world from another scrub jay’s viewpoint, which helps them hide their food. Male Eurasian jays seem to be able to make a good guess at what sort of food female Eurasian jays might like to eat. “It was long thought that only humans could do this,” University of Cambridge psychologist Nicola Clayton told Wired of the jay research. “What we’ve shown in a series of experiments is that doesn’t seem to be the case.”

To be sure, in an era of viral videos, it’s easy to take this idea —Anthropomorphism is okay now! — and get carried away with it. A perfect recent example is a back-and-forth over a picture of a trio of kangaroos. According to the Facebook caption accompanying the photo, the female had recently died, and the male and baby were “mourning” it. Media outlets took this at face value and ran with it, with headlines like “Dying Kangaroo Mom Spends Last Moment Holding Her Baby.”

And then, as is the circle of life for a viral news story, came the debunkings: The male kangaroo was just trying to have sex with the female, these articles scolded, and to believe any differently was a sign of “naive anthropomorphism.” Safina’s impression of the photo, incidentally, is that there really isn’t much we can tell one way or the other from a still photo. Really, the photo — or, more specifically, the instantly polarized online reactions to the photo — tell us more about ourselves than they do about kangaroo behavior.

“The one thing that is almost never allowed, or never thought of, is that there can be nuance,” Safina said. “There can be a range of emotions that happen in nonhumans, just as there is in humans.” After a human death, for example, the person’s loved ones show a range of emotions — denial, confusion, even some terribly inappropriate laughter. “But with animals everything has to be either/or,” Safina continued. People either want to believe that animals are pure and kindhearted and all-around better than we are — or they want to believe the very opposite, that humans are the most remarkable creatures on Earth, and animal behavior is driven only by instinct. (As if human behavior isn’t, too.)

Rushing to an unsupported conclusion that animals are just like us is bad, biased science. But willfully ignoring evidence of animal behaviors that look suspiciously like human emotions is unscientific and biased, too. “The key point is that anthropomorphism is not always as problematic as people think,” de Waal writes, adding that this is probably particularly true of animals with brains like ours: apes, sure, but even elephants and some marine mammals like dolphins. After all, we’re animals, too.

This week Insight is looking at the emotions of dogs and their human companions. Do they actually love us? | Tuesday 26 April, 8:30pm SBS 

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Footloose Montana hosts trap-release workshop

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A trap-release workshop will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Anthony Parish Center, 217 Tremont St.

Learn what to do if your pet steps in a trap, learn first aid, hands-on trap release practice, trapping regulations and what to carry with you to rescue your pet.

Sponsored by Footloose Montana, a nonprofit group educating concerned citizens about traps on public lands. Call 406-282-1482 or visit footloosemontana.org.