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Do baboons have a keen sense of right and wrong? Do chickens find certain human faces attractive in the same way people do? Do cats and dogs get their feelings hurt? In his new book, Second Nature, animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., makes the case that animals, once viewed only as mindless automatons, actually have rich sensory experiences and emotional complexity.
Dr. Balcombe, an ethologist and biologist affiliated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, draws on new research, observational studies, and personal anecdotes to reveal the full spectrum of animal experience. Balcombe paints a new picture of the inner lives of animals that diverges from the struggle-or-perish image often presented in the popular media. He challenges traditional views of animals and spells out why the human-animal relationship needs a complete overhaul.