These books to learn about animal emotions, go a long way to improving animal welfare. Once legislators and farmers and vivisectionists know that sheep aren’t stupid, cows and bulls grieve, chickens can remember the names of up to 25 people and our pets know when we are sad or grief-stricken, it’s obvious they are sentient beings.
- Wild Rituals is a book on 10 lessons animals can teach us to make us more connected to nature, ourselves and each other. Behavioural ecologist and elephant expert Caitlin O’Connell dives into the rituals of elephants, apes, zebras, rhinos, lions, whales and flamingos.
- The Inner Life of Animals meets devoted pigs, two-timing magpies and scheming roosters! Blending scientific research with Peter’s experiences in forests and fields, learn how horses feel shame, deer grieve, goats discipline their kids, ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices and butterflies choose best places for children to grow up!
- We All Play is a joyous celebration of animal play. This sweetly simply picture book with gorgeous illustrations offers a joyful romp through nature, with an abundance of wild animals. A beautiful ode to the creatures with whom we share our world: meet birds who chase and chirp, and whales who swim and squirt. Ducks love to go surfing, rats laugh when tickled, and penguins propose with pebbles!
- What a Fish Knows is by scientist Jonathan Balcombe, who proves that fish have feelings. It’s not true that goldfish have a 3-second memory. Fish can think and are far from the unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines so many of us assume them to be. They are, in fact, sentient, aware, social and rather like us.