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.
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!
The Mind of a Bee is a surprising look at the intelligence of these amazing creatures. See more on how to help save our bee friends. Bees have remarkable cognitive abilities. They are very smart with distinct personalities and can recognise flowers and human faces, and can also count, use simple tools, solve problems and learn by observing others. Taking readers deep into the sensory world of bees, Lars Chittka shows how bee brains are unparalleled in the animal kingdsom, in terms of how much sophisticated material is packed into their tiny nervous systems.
Other Minds is a book about the octopus, one of the most intelligent and fascinating creatures on earth. Almost like eight-legged aliens, they have incredible brains and have even been known to steal fishermens’ catches for the day, and use the nets as trampolines for fun! Related to jellyfish, they were first molluscs but abandoned their shells to rise above the ocean floor, to search for prey and this needed supreme thinking. For this reason, their evolutionary journey is completely independent from the route of most mammals and birds. The solitary octopus has 8 tentacles so packed with neurons, they virtually think for themselves. Yet these beautiful creatures are sometimes eaten alive due to legislation suggesting they have no feeling – join the campaign to stop this.
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.