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Peter Cook, Ashley Prichard, Mark Spivak, and Gregory S. Berns, Jealousy in dogs? Evidence from brain imaging


That dogs show behavior suggestive of jealousy has long been known and has been demonstrated under controlled conditions. Cook et al. have now shown arousal in the amygdala when dogs see a caregiver feeding another dog. This finding has ethical significance in two respects. First, the consideration shown by the investigators for the welfare of their experimental subjects sets an example for other researchers using animals. Second, the greater understanding of the emotional lives of animals should lead to more concern for their needs.

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Peter Singer’s books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Pushing Time Away, The Life You Can Save, and The Most Good You Can Do. He divides his time between Princeton University, where he is Professor of Bioethics, and the University of Melbourne, where he is a Laureate Professor. www.petersinger.info