A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy — and Why They Matter
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  • Author: Marc Bekoff
  • Product Code: 16299
  • ISBN: 978-1-57731-629-9
  • Pages: 240
  • 1 Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.50


Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Filled with Bekoff’s light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.


“A work of rare beauty and insight.”
Best Friends

“A glorious, moving, important book to enjoy and share.”
— Ingrid Newkirk

“Demonstrating the far-reaching implications for readers’ relationships with any number of living beings, Bekoff’s book is profound, thought-provoking, and even touching.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A readable book equally charming and challenging.”

“Anyone interested in animal emotion will want a copy of this book. Bekoff speaks with the unique authority of an expert who is experiencing the success of a revolution in science and ethics that he helped make and that will endure (if we endure) as one of the signal achievements — along with the expansion of human rights and environmentalism — of the late twentieth century.”
The BARk

“I firmly believe that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Therefore, I welcome Marc Bekoff’s book The Emotional Lives of Animals.”
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Marc Bekoff ably presents the richness and variety of the emotions in nonhuman animals — and doesn’t hesitate to draw the ethical conclusions implicit in his findings. I hope this book will be widely read by those who care about animals — and even more widely by those who don’t.”
— Peter Singer, professor of bioethics, Princeton University

“This thought-provoking book could very likely change your life.”
The Animals Voice

“In The Emotional Lives of Animals, Marc Bekoff has pulled together the growing body of scientific evidence that supports the existence of a variety of emotions in other animals, richly illustrated by his own careful observations....Combining careful scientific methodology with intuition and common sense, this book will be a great tool for those who are struggling to improve the lives of animals in environments where, so often, there is an almost total lack of understanding. I only hope it will persuade many people to reconsider the way they treat animals in the future.”
— Jane Goodall, from the foreword