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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed - behavior essays by Marc Bekoff

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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed

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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed by Marc Bekoff is a series of essays done for Psychology Today. Ostensibly a series of essays on animal behavior, the subject quickly switches over to dissertations on animal rights.

Dr Bekoff is a well respected scientist and when he sticks to behavioral essays, his writing is clear and enjoyable. The diversions into animal rights become a bit strident and almost overwhelming. He is a vegan and clearly feels humankind should follow his example. Where things get shaky is when he discusses situations where animals eat other animals as is their nature. For example, suggesting that black footed ferrets being conditioned for the wild, not be trained with live prey is a bit of a stretch for most ethologists.

The animal rights purists, such as PETA, feel that any use of animals, even keeping them as beloved pets, is wrong and needs to be phased out. Dr. Bekoff has yet to cross that line, as he feels strongly about his own canine companions and emphasizes the importance of animals, including pets, in the lives of people.

The book is a trade paperback and retails for $15.95. Teh book includes an extensive bibliography, which is almost worth the price of the book itself.

If you were looking for an entire book of interesting animal behavior essays, this book will disappoint. If you want some behavior sprinkled in with essays on speciesism and animal rights, it will fulfill your desires.

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