Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Google eBook)
The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a continuous, grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain. Instead it suggests that creatures from birds to baboons feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe proposes that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society.
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Review: Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling GoodUser Review - aPriL eVoLvEs - Goodreads
The bibliography is 30 pages long and the index section is 14 pages. The author obviously did in-depth research and because of that this reader is completely satisfied that many scientific studies ... Read full review
Review: Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling GoodUser Review - Madeleine - Goodreads
Through an intriguing discussion of the ways that non-humans experience a huge range of pleasurable feelings and emotions, Balcombe weaves in an insightful exploration of what it will mean for our ethical system for humans to acknowledge the many things we share with members of other species. Read full review