Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

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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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Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

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Do animals experience pleasure? That is the question animal behavior research consultant Balcombe (The Use of Animals in Higher Education ) seeks to answer in this entertaining and thought-provoking ... Read full review

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A treatise on the ability of animals to feel pleasure/happiness. I thought it would be cute and charming but it was dull and scientific and not at all worth reading. 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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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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