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Pan having sex with a goat, statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, 1752. Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia

Why animal orgasm matters to our moral universe

The vast discrepancy between abhorrence of bestiality and acceptance of slaughtering on animals suggests that thinking imaginatively about animal orgasm may help us to be more compassionate toward animals.
Dogs don’t follow the rules on larger animals living longer. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: Why don’t dogs live as long as humans?

Dogs don't follow the rules on larger animals living longer. A 70kg Great Dane is lucky to reach seven years, but a 4kg Chihuahua can live for 10 years or more.
We know that lots of animals, maybe all animals, sleep. Cats, dogs, even worms and jellyfish sleep. But we still don’t know exactly why they started sleeping. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: Do animals sleep like people? Do snails sleep in their shells?

Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick. Duffy Brook

Why can’t dogs eat chocolate?

Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals. Spillikin/Shutterstock.com

How dogs and cats can get their day in court

When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.

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