Animal sentience

Reptiles as pets? Camouflage, complex behaviour and family life

July 12, 2019

Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, constantly adapting to survive and to suit their environment. But can well-intentioned pet owners meet their complex needs? Having evolved from amphibians around 380 million years ago, reptiles been around much longer than humans. They inhabit all continents, and exist in a range of shapes and sizes. For example, the […]

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Lazy, filthy pigs? Think again

June 12, 2019

Pigs are often associated with negative labels such as ‘filthy’, ‘lazy’ and ‘greedy’. But why is the word ‘pig’ used as an insult, and is there any truth to it? The reality beyond the stereotypes Science shows pigs are emotional, smart, inquisitive animals, who engage in a range of complex behaviours. When you look at […]

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Sea life sentience: what do fish really feel?

May 20, 2019

There are millions of species of fish, some we eat, some we keep as pets, some we experiment on, and some are free from human intervention. We know more about the emotional lives of our scaly underwater friends than many people realise, but what does the research into their minds and emotions actually show? We […]

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Why do we emotionally disconnect from chickens?

December 5, 2018

Chickens are emotional beings that can feel empathy. So why do so many humans experience emotional disconnection from chickens, and have such complex attitudes towards them? Language matters The relationship we have with animals is complex, and a number of factors influence the attitudes we form about them and their treatment. How animals are labelled […]

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