Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
"I predicted, in When Elephants Weep, that in
ten years better scientists would write better books about the
depth of feelings in animals. Well, that time has come, and
here is that book."
"This impressive book takes the reader on a
journey of scientific knowledge and understanding into the
inner lives of others, from mice to monkeys and fish to fowl -
even insects and worms - that inspires respect and
appreciation for all creatures great and small. Dr. Balcombe's
book should be a standard text for students of biology and
behaviour. All who care for animals will be informed and
"For centuries humanity has justified our
extermination of fishes with the myth that they do not have
feelings or intelligence. Jonathan Balcombe exposes this myth
and presents fishes, with other animals, as sensitive, social,
feeling, marvelous sentient beings."
'In Pleasurable Kingdom, Balcombe draws
together an extraordinary amount of information to help us to
appreciate that we are not the only species that can, if all
goes well, live joyful lives.'
Combining rigorous evidence, elegant
argument and amusing anecdote, leading animal behaviour
researcher, Dr Jonathan Balcombe proposes that evolution
favours sensory rewards because they drive living things to
stay alive and reproduce.
BALCOMBE is Animal Behaviour Research Scientist for
the Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine. He has published numerous scientific papers and
magazine articles on, among other things, bat communication,
turtle nesting and bird breeding. His first book, The Use
of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives and
Recommendations was published by Humane Society Press in