Summer Book Series: Thoughts & Response to “Animals Matter” by Marc Bekoff

The Paw Report

My reading goal for 2014 is to read 50 books. It’s July and I’ve only read slightly over a dozen, so there’s not a great likelihood of achieving my goal. Despite that, I’m finding this mission very rewarding: I’m spending less time on the Internet and reading tons of fascinating stuff.

One of the books I’m currently reading (I tend to start a bunch of books at once) is Marc Bekoff’s “Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect.” I became familiar with his work through his Scientific American column, Animal Emotions. He’s amazing, so check out his column if you haven’t already.

My Summer Book Series project is going to be blogging, chapter by chapter, “Animals Matter.” In this project, I’ll hopefully be – at the very least — summarizing ideas, providing meaningful quotes, and offering my opinion on the…

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Meet Six of the Military Dogs to Be Honored on Veterans Day

Igor Purlantov

Popular adages may promise every dog its day, but the sad reality is canines that serve in the US military — sniffing out bombs, mines and other explosive devices — aren’t even guaranteed return transport after multiple tours of duty overseas.  Often, they are left behind with new owners abroad when their handlers return home.  “The dogs and these veterans work side by side. To separate them, I think, is a crime,” says Lois Pope, a longtime veterans advocate who began lobbying last year to return all four-legged defenders to the states for adoption by the servicement with whom they’d bonded.

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