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Lizzie #1. Photo © 2009 KevinHoran.com from the series Chattel

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Animals and humans
Eating someone

Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair?

Lori Marino

Photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum

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Animals and humans
Canine exceptionalism

Trainers working with dogs every day have documented extraordinary talents and skills. Will science ever catch up?

Jessica Hekman

A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society (1831) by Edward Landseer. ‘Bob’ a Newfoundland dog, saved 23 persons from drowning on the London docks and was made a distinguished member of the Royal Humane Society. Courtesy Wikipedia

At the zoo. Photo by Lisi Niesner / Reuters

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Animals and humans
Animal magnetism

Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?

David P Barash

An injured cow, hanging in the transport net of a helicopter, is airlifted from a mountainous meadow in Riemenstalden, Switzerland. Photo Urs Flueeler/AP/PA

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Animals and humans
Cows might fly

When the land is all filled up, it’s time to get creative with it, as small countries like Switzerland already know

Veronique Greenwood

A ranger strokes a young Rhino orphaned by poachers at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya, in May 2015. He was named ‘Hope’. Photo Tom Pilston/Panos

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Animals and humans
All we owe to animals

It is not enough to conserve species and ecosystems. We have an ethical duty to care for each individual animal on earth

Jeff Sebo

Photo by Corbis

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Animals and humans
From Aesop to doge

The animal who speaks in a human voice is a figure of the most enduring imaginative power. What do we hope to hear?

Stassa Edwards

A dhole (Cuon Alpinus) attends a Sambar deer kill in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Photo by Tontantravel/Flickr

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Animals and humans
For the hate of dogs

We treat pet dogs with such sentimentality while their wild, endangered relatives are feared and persecuted. Why?

Sy Montgomery

Detail from a fresco decoration within the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii, Italy, dating from the 1st century. Photo by Mondadori/Getty

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Animals and humans
Birds are ‘winged words’

The Classical world abounded with avians – and so birds took up in the human imagination, nesting in our language and art

Jeremy Mynott

Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images

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Food and drink
Homo gluttonous

Humans have evolved with little resistance to abundant, easy food. Will we gorge ourselves and our planet to death?

Louise Fabiani

Photo by Vincent J Musi/National Geographic

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Animals and humans
The pointing ape

How a chimpanzee named Clint trained a psychologist to question human exceptionalism and reconsider the intelligence of apes

David Leavens

Photo by Jorge Sanz/SOPA Images/LightRocket Getty

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Animals and humans
What do mirror tests test?

Chimps, dolphins and elephants pass, dogs and cats don’t. Is the mirror test a reliable mark of self-awareness?

Virginia Morell

Sustainable fishing for short-spine thornyhead off the coast of Big Sur, California. Photo by Bridget Besaw/Aurora Open/Corbis

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Ecology and environmental sciences
The good catch

Hope for the world’s devastated oceans rests on a change in the hearts of the fishermen that know them best

Megan Molteni

Wild horses in Iceland. Photo by Gallery Stock

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Animals and humans
Animal agents

Can they shape their own lives? Or the course of history? It’s time to reconsider the significance of animal agency

Amanda Rees