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The Selfie Monkey Goes to the Ninth Circuit - Motherboard
There's two related, but ultimately separate questions here:
1. Can a monkey have standing to sue under the Copyright Act?
2. Can a monkey be an author under the Copyright Act?

"It makes no sense to allow a monkey to enforce a copyright suit," she said. "But if you're going to do that, it's equally absurd to deny a monkey written notice of a right to intervene in a lawsuit."
selfie-monkey  copyright  intellectual-property  animal-rights  monkey-selfie 
14 days ago by tarakc02
Stupendous intelligence of honey badgers – TheTLS
book  review  animals  animal-rights  consciousness  science  mind 
7 weeks ago by tsuomela
When the McCartneys came for lunch | Nigel Slater
Nigel cooks lunch for Paul, Mary and Stella. Discuss gardening, vegetarianism, Linda. Nice, warm, light.
The_Beatles  animal-rights 
august 2016 by pml1003
Creature Comfort - Animals and compassion
"there are too many examples of animals caring for one another to ignore."
"the obvious continuum and link we share with the rest of the animal world."
-- Joanna Burger|
[24 may 2011]
buddhism  dharma-practice  animal-rights  animals 
july 2016 by tometaxu
Do insects have consciousness?
“'In humans and other vertebrates (animals with a backbone and/or spinal column) there is good evidence that the midbrain is responsible for the basic capacity for subjective experience,' Klein tells Viegas. 'The cortex determines much about what we are aware of, but the midbrain is what makes us capable of being aware in the first place. It does so, very crudely, by forming a single integrated picture of the world from a single point of view.'

"That combined with recent research of insect brains shows that their central nervous system probably performs the same function that the midbrain does in larger animals,"

-- Melissa Breyer
Tree Hugger | | 1 july 2016
animal-rights  animals  consciousness  dharma-foundation4-extend  mind  self  type-article 
july 2016 by tometaxu
Family name giant monitor lizard 'Selena', say it's a frequent visitor
"Humans have invaded the animals’ habitats so now they don't know where to go. Not having a home is sad enough, and humans still try to get rid of them. Let’s say we can all live together as long as we don’t hurt one another," he spoke fondly of the monitor lizards.

Attanai said an employee at his house took the lost lizard back to the forest.

-- Coconuts Bangkok |
[16 june 2016]
dharma-practice  animals  animal-rights  compassion 
june 2016 by tometaxu
Alex (parrot)
"Before Pepperberg's work with Alex, it was widely believed in the scientific community that a large primate brain was needed to handle complex problems related to language and understanding; birds were not considered to be intelligent as their only common use of communication was of mimicking and the repetition of sounds to interact with each other. However, Alex's accomplishments supported the idea that birds may be able to reason on a basic level and use words creatively.[5] Pepperberg wrote that Alex's intelligence was on a par with that of dolphins and great apes.[6] She also reported that Alex seemed to show the intelligence of a five-year-old human, in some respects,[3] and had not even reached his full potential by the time he died.[7] She said that the bird had the emotional level of a human two-year-old at the time of his death.[8]"

-- Wikipedia
[retr may 2016]

um. wow. Read the "Accomplishments" section. And no, i'm not going for a "Clever Hans" imitation/prompting scenario. Have had too many animals myself.
-- me
animals  animal-rights  communication  language  consciousness  self 
may 2016 by tometaxu
The New Science of Animal Emotions
"... many of the traits and abilities we believe are 'uniquely human' are, in fact, not so unique to us."

“The one thing that is almost never allowed, or never thought of, is that there can be nuance,” Safina said. “There can be a range of emotions that happen in nonhumans, just as there is in humans.” After a human death, for example, the person’s loved ones show a range of emotions — denial, confusion, even some terribly inappropriate laughter. “But with animals everything has to be either/or,” Safina continued. People either want to believe that animals are pure and kindhearted and all-around better than we are — or they want to believe the very opposite, that humans are the most remarkable creatures on Earth, and animal behavior is driven only by instinct. (As if human behavior isn’t, too.)

[february 2016]
animals  animal-rights  self  emotions 
april 2016 by tometaxu
People and Animals being nice to each other
Stories of animals saved by people, animals being nice to each other, people being nice to animal, cute animals, ways to help.

The Dodo | | retr 11 april 2016
humans  society  animal-rights  compassion 
april 2016 by tometaxu
Shock video of French abattoir prompts closure - The Local
"The mayor of a town in southern France has closed the local abattoir after video footage emerged showing the horrific and illegal way the animals were treated inside. Warning: The video may shock readers."
october 2015 by abclex

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