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Open Commentary


David M. Peña-Guzmán, Can nonhuman animals commit suicide?


Peña-Guzmán’s target article on animal suicide will help inform end-of-life care for animals by emphasizing the need for a broad research focus on animal thanatology. Greater scientific understanding of the continuum of death-related awareness, experiences, and behaviors will help us improve veterinary care for animals at the end of life.

Author Biography

Jessica Pierce is a bioethicist, writer, and affiliate faculty member at University of Colorado. She has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Her interests include animal hospice and palliative care, the ethics of dog ownership, and environmental bioethics. www.psychologytoday.com/experts/jessica-pierce-phd