Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Google eBook)

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 2, 2006 - Science - 256 pages
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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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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

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User 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

Contents

Forbidden pleasure
23
Feeling smart
47
Play
67
Food
90
Sex
106
Touch
125
Love
146
Transcendent pleasures
160
From flies to fish
183
Feeling good doing good
207
Bibliography
228
Index
260
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About the author (2006)

Jonathan Balcombe is Animal Behaviour Research Consultant for the Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the author of The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations. He lives in Washington DC.

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