Barbara J King
Anthropology Professor, Science Writer, College of William and Mary

Barbara J King is emerita professor of anthropology at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is the author of seven books, most recently How Animals Grieve (2013), Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat (2017) and Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild (2021).

Written by Barbara J King

Limousin sow, Dordogne de Neuvialle (two years old), and her piglet. Photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Getty

The pig on your plate

That pigs are smart and sensitive is not in doubt. How can we justify continuing to kill them for food?

Barbara J King

Baboons, Kenya. Photo by Luigi Masella/Getty

Kindred spirits

Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions. Human relationships aren’t so unique after all

Barbara J King

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