Friday, February 20, 2009

Animal Ethics

Dog Talk is out in print version of Weekender in the Malaysian national daily The Star on Saturday.

As everyone is horrified by the story of the dog pound people at DBKL in Malaysia who beat cats to death and break dogs' necks and drag them around until they died, I've written about animal ethics.

I've written about animal culture and ethics mainly because I'm too bloody angry to write what I think about the monsters at DBKL. If I were rulers of the universe, there would be no mercy for those creatures. So I guess it's just as well I don't have that type of power.

If you're interested in animal cognition, emotion and culture, take a look at the piece, and then check out the other resources at the end of this post.

Also, this week's candidate for adoption is Ben (pictured right).

Ben started life on the streets. When he was knocked down by a car, he was rescued and sent to Friends Furry farm. Now Ben is 1 year old, castrated, vaccinated, dewormed and totally healthy, he needs a good home.

Ben is a very playful and energetic. He loves people and female dogs but he’s not keen on male dogs.

If you want to adopt Ben please email or sms to 016-6319018.

Limited Preview of FANTASTIC book by Google Book The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff and Jane Goodall (2007).

Limited Preview of FANTASTIC book by Google Book "Chimpanzee Politics" by Frans de Waal.

Animal Intelligence, a 1911 classic by Edward L. Thorndike that's worth a read.

Animal Intelligence, the latest research reported.

Wikipedia Animal Cognition, good starting point for research.

Elephant dies of grief

Mama gorilla won't let go of her dead baby

Animals that kill their young

1 comment:

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Those are some great links you've posted. Two of my favourite 'animal people' books are "In the Company of Animals" by James Serpell, and "Descended from Animals" by someone whose name I have forgotten, sorry.

The DBKL thing -- trust me, there's a lot more s**t going on than was publicised. I could write a book on it but it would just make us all depressed.

Besides lobbying City Hall for better monitoring and safeguards, let us also urge everyone to spay/neuter, adopt from pounds and shelters, make sure their companion animals have proper licenses and ID tags, do not let pets out to roam, and warn friends and neighbours who fail to get licenses for their pets and who let pets roam.

Take care.