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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (May 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Loewen on May 5 2009
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As an animal-lover and a therapist I am interested in reading about the inner lives of animals and how this compares with humans. My personal observations of and opinions about the animals I have lived with, observed in the wild, or read about were validated by this author's research. This book is full of excellent factual information and argues gently for a shift in our thinking about the capacity of animals to feel and what this means in terms of our behaviour toward them. The statement I liked best in the book is that it is not a question of a difference in kind between humans and other animals, just a difference in degree. This is contrary to what I was taught in university but I never believed it. This is a book for anyone who has affection for animals. It provides compelling evidence for all of us to rethink how we treat and relate to all animals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 10 2008
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Animals and emotions. It's a touchy subject. Most people can readily admit that most animals have primary (fight or flight) type reactions. However, opinions begin to change when researchers start discussing secondary emotions, like love, compassion, sadness, etc.

Anyone who has ever had a pet knows for a fact that their cat, dog, snake, etc has such emotions. We know for a fact that they have very distinct personalities and preferences. Yet, somehow the same people, find it difficult to believe that a chimpanzee, an elephant, a wolf, a magpie, or a fish might also be capable of something beyond primitive reactions.

The Emotional Lives of Animals gives accounts of animals displaying what would seem to be primary emotions. As one would expect, the author discusses big brained animals such as elephants, higher primates, whales, and dolphins. However, the most interesting studies look at unexpected animals such as fish to examine their capabilities.
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By Rachel on April 10 2014
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I am an animal lover and saw this book advertised on PBS and decided to buy it. It is filled with heartwarming stories that are honest and surely eye openers for those that can look at an animal and think that they don't feel emotions just as us humans do.
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I gave this as a gift to my grandchildren and they were very pleased and surprised
about the animals. they love it.
thank you Veronica
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This lovely book is a Christmas gift for a relative who loves animals. I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed giving it to her.
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