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Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals?

Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Animal shelter workers are responsible for lives every day. Those difficult decisions that no one wants to make clash with their innate empathy, compassion and love for animals, and can lead to:

Sleepless nights
Nightmares
Alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional “numbing”
Feelings of guilt
Depression


by Jessica Ramos

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Chimps learn social behaviour from each other

Chimps learn social behaviour from each other | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
  • Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, showed chimpanzees learn kindness by watching each other
  • Claim it's the first evidence children and chimps share traits of altruism
  • In the experiment, pairs of chimps, monkeys, children and adults chose whether or not to reward each other with treats
  • Study found that adults did but monkeys and young children didn't
  • Children and chimps learned kind behaviour off more generous individuals

...Monkey see, monkey don't: The study revealed that capuchin monkeys (stock image shown) and young children didn’t display any prosocial traits in certain situations. But some children who failed to display kindness, showed generous behaviour after watching other kinder children.

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Compassion Fatigue by Animal Shelter Workers. .

Compassion Fatigue by Animal Shelter Workers. . | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

This very real story could be anywhere in the world, Australia, UK, Europe, but this story comes out of Sacremento US told by The Bee’s Cynthia Cuthbert.


 Compassion Fatigue is becoming a real issue world wide for carers in general, whether you are a carer for animals, elderly, sick or a loved one. This particular story looks at the everyday stress endured by Animal Shelter Workers. .

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Turning Points in Compassion: Personal Journeys of Animal Advocates

Turning Points in Compassion: Personal Journeys of Animal Advocates [Gypsy Wulff, Fran Chambers] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Covering a range of topics from politics and law, to spiritual and social change, Turning Points in Compassion makes a compelling case for the recognition of the beauty
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Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice

Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice

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What is the link between compassion for animals, social justice, and harmony in our human world? This book consists of a series of essays by internationally recognized authors and activists.


These insightful and inspiring essays focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected. Illuminating the connections between injustice to animals and the various forms of social and ecological injustice, these thirty authors provide essential keys to effectively addressing the hidden roots of our dilemmas.


The essays also provide practical guidance about how to make the individual, systemic, and social changes necessary to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all. This landmark book provides a crucial impetus for us to break through our confining delusions, build bridges of understanding, and awaken from the cultural trance of indifference and inequity.

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Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Why do we have empathy? Why do we rush to another’s aid? Why do we put our arm around others to support them? 

Empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans.


In his work with monkeys, apes and elephants, anthropologist Dr. Frans de Waal has found many cases of one individual coming to another’s aid in a fight, putting an arm around a previous victim of attack, or other emotional responses to the distress of others. By studying social behavior in animals — such as bonding and alliances, expressions of consolation, conflict resolution, and a sense of fairness — de Waal demonstrates that animals and humans are preprogrammed to reach out, questioning the assumption that humans are inherently selfish.


by Vincent 

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Paws with Compassion: desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws

Paws with Compassion: desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Paws with Compassion is a group of dedicated dogs and handlers who desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws.


Our varied backgrounds, experiences, and breeds enable us to engage with a broad population and address a variety of needs. We are proud to be the only therapy dog/K-9 crisis response group to require extensive, documented member training. Each team is interviewed and observed before joining Paws with Compassion. Once members, teams train and work regularly to maintain their skills.


Required training includes dog handling, canine body language, canine first aid, canine manners, therapy dog and crisis response dog handling, crisis intervention, crisis response, compassion fatigue, and appropriate response methods.

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Is Yawning Contagious Among Wolves, Too?

Is Yawning Contagious Among Wolves, Too? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
People do it. They see someone near them yawn and then they yawn too. But new research shows that yawning is contagious among animals, mainly wolves, as well.


Yawning in response to another yawn isn't exactly an emotional reaction, but their contagious nature has been "clinically, psychologically, neurobiologically, and behaviorally linked to our capacity for empathy," the study authors wrote in the journal PLOS ONE.


...Contagious yawning is also observed in dogs; although, they don't yawn in response to yawns from other dogs, but to yawns from people

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Wolves Feel Empathy? Yawning Study Suggests They Do

Wolves Feel Empathy? Yawning Study Suggests They Do | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Researchers looked at whether or not wolves caught yawns from each other.


On the basis of observational and experimental evidence, several authors have proposed that contagious yawn is linked to our capacity for empathy, thus presenting a powerful tool to explore the root of empathy in animal evolution," the researchers stated in their PLOS ONE tudy abstract.



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Despite the small sample size the results suggest contagious yawning may relate to the wolves' capacity for empathy; other animals may also have the same ability to experience empathy.

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Do all animals have empathy? | Discover Wildlife

Do all animals have empathy? | Discover Wildlife | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

But animals that are not so conspicuously brainy, from chickens to ants, show distinct physiological responses when members of their own species are in distress.


This might be hard to ascribe to anything other than hard-wired, instinctive behaviour. If that is indeed the case, then it could be that what we describe as empathy, even in humans, is simply the kind of behaviour that one expects natural selection to favour in social animals.

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Psychologist: Animal abusers often lack empathy

Psychologist: Animal abusers often lack empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Clinical Psychologist and Mercer University Professor, Miranda Pratt , who has pets of her own, said animal abusers could be abused themselves or lack empathy.



Towards the other. And in some cases it's an active sadism of getting pleasure from inflicting pain," said Pratt.


She said it's important to teach empathy
at a young age.


If a child killed or tortured an animal, whether it's a frog or dog, Pratt said help teach them it's wrong. One way could be exposing them to nature and showing them the value of life
 

Elise Brown,
 

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The Kindness Of Strangers: Bonobos Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As We Are

The Kindness Of Strangers: Bonobos Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As We Are | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Empathy, according to Merriam-Webster, is "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions."


Though empathy is something which is (generally) shared among humans, there has been some contention over whether or not other animals share this trait, and to what extent.  


Recently, a study published in PeerJ explored
the empathy similarities between humans
and Bonobo monkeys.


Since cognitive empathy is far from quantitative, the researchers studied the most simplistic form of an emotional contagion: the yawn. 


By Lindsey Robertson


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The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

As Oxford University zoologist Alex Kacelnik and colleagues noted in a 2012 Biology Lettersreflection on empathy research, some ants display helping behaviors similar to Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal’s rats. “Any solid evidence for empathy in non-humans would be a notable advance,” they wrote, “but, in our view, it remains unproven outside humans.”


Other researchers defended the possibility of rat empathy.


“Ants are not rats,”quipped Frans de Waal, an Emory University ethologist who has written extensively about empathy, on Facebook. “It would be totally surprising, from a Darwinian perspective, if humans had empathy and other mammals totally lacked it.” As for Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal, they’ve downplayed the empathy interpretation in their latest work, restricting it to speculative discussion.

we think of this oft-reviled creature, and maybe even ourselves.


BY BRANDON KEIM  

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Animal shelter workers cope with ‘compassion fatigue’

Animal shelter workers cope with ‘compassion fatigue’ | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Animal shelter workers in the Sacramento area are learning how to cope with “compassion fatigue,” a condition associated with the emotionally draining task of caring for abused and unwanted pets.


The stress can take its toll, according to experts, in the form of “compassion fatigue.


The phrase – more typically used to describe a condition common among nurses and doctors who treat trauma patients – increasingly is being applied to people who care for animals.


“Animal care professionals are some of the most pain-saturated people I have ever worked with,” said J. Eric Gentry, a Florida psychotherapist and leader in the study of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.


“The very thing that makes them great at their work – their empathy and dedication and love for animals – makes them vulnerable.”


BY CYNTHIA HUBERT
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Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too?

Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

By Kimberly M. Aquilina 

Self-awareness and language are two traits that scientists would say make us human, along with a sense of compassion or empathy, according to Scientific American.


Empathy is defined by Dutch primatologist and ethologist as Franz de Waal as, "the capacity to be affected by and share the emotional state of another, assess the reasons for the other's state and identify with the other, adopting his or her perspective."  

How do we measure empathy in animals?

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Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy: Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years.

Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy:  Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have discovered what many of us already knew: farmed animals feel empathy for their peers, a trait once thought exclusive to humans.

These researchers discovered that “pigs shared the stress and happiness of their pen mates,” according to the Daily Mail.
The article explains that the “findings suggest that swine respond to each other’s feelings,” and add “weight to the argument that the practice of separating the animals in farms is especially cruel.”

by Sarah Von Alt
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Let's Make Compassion and Rewilding All the Rage in 2015

Let's Make Compassion and Rewilding All the Rage in 2015 | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
As we head into 2015 there's a need for compassion and rewilding revolutions


As I read and reflected on these two books, I thought about what a young student once said to me after we had a discussion about what we all need to do to help our troubled and wounded world. He simply said, "compassion rocks." It does indeed, as does rewildling. If this youngster got it and understood the power of compassion, then we should too.


There's a Charter for Compassion that "transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world." You can easily sign on to and share this charter. 


by Marc Bekoff

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Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence

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Jane Goodall on Empathy and How to Reach Our Highest Human Potential

Jane Goodall on Empathy and How to Reach Our Highest Human Potential | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

In this wonderful short video from NOVA’s series The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, Dr. Goodall considers how empathy for other animals brings us closer to our highest human potentiality:


“I was told you have to give them numbers because you've got to be objective as a scientist, and you mustn't empathize with your subjects and I feel this is where science has gone wrong. To have this coldness, this lack of empathy has enabled some scientist to do unethical behavior.


Moreover, why deny a perfectly respectable tool?  I think  those two are behaving like that because that’s how I would behave if I was in that situation, that’s empathy. Once you've worked out why you think they are doing that,  then you can start testing that. Am I right? Is this a valid assumption or not?  But it gives you the groundwork for asking questions,


I think empathy is really important and I think only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential. “   

Jane Goodall



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Yawns are contagious in WOLVES

Yawns are contagious in WOLVES | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD

Scientists observed 12 wolves' behaviour for 254 hours over the course of five months. The research by the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo, Japan, suggests that empathy among animals is a common trait.


Even though the study involved a small number of wolves, researchers said the findings offer initial evidence that contagious yawning is linked to wolves' capacity for empathy.


Perhaps empathy is present in more species
than previously thought, said lead
author Teresa Romero, a researcher from
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Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning

Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning in wolves give researchers a glimpse at the roots of empathy.


Still, these theories don’t totally explain one of the more fascinating aspects of yawning: When we see someone else yawn, our chances of yawning go way up.


The leading hypothesis among scientists, Romero says, is that this contagious yawning is related to empathy—meaning an empathetic person or animal will feel tired when he or she observes another individual looking tired.


(See “‘Contagious’ Yawning Occurs More Among Loved Ones.”)


 by Carrie Arnold

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Could Wolves Understand Empathy?

Could Wolves Understand Empathy? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Could wolves feel empathy? A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that just like humans and other types of dogs, these creatures are also susceptible to yawn contagion.

With yawning contagion, scientists from the University of Tokyo, Japan, actually believe that these animals may be capable of understanding others in the pack.

Previous studies have shown that contagious yawning is experienced in domestic dogs who also witness their owners yawning.


However, up until now, scientists were uncertain of how the phenomenon rooted in the evolution of mammals or whether it evolved due to domestication.
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DNews Video: Animal Empathy: Gorilla Cries Over Robin Williams

DNews Video: Animal Empathy: Gorilla Cries Over Robin Williams | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Are animals empathetic? World famous Koko the Gorilla, said to have mourned the death of comedic legend Robin Williams, reignites the debate over just how much empathy animals can muster, even across species

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Bonobo Monkeys Feel Empathy Too

Bonobo Monkeys Feel Empathy Too | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Results of a new study indicate that bonobo monkeys have very similar empathetic capabilities to humans.


Though empathy is something generally shared among humans, it is still up for debate whether or not other animals share this trait, and to what extent. Results of a new study indicate that bonobo monkeys have very similar empathetic capabilities to humans.


Although, unlike bonobos, we have a higher level of empathy towards individuals with whom we are close, such as family and friends.


The findings were published in the journal PeerJ.




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Human and Ape Empathy One and the Same

Human and Ape Empathy One and the Same | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Empathy is universal across different species, new research suggests. After comparing the "yawn contagion" effect between humans and bonobos, researchers found that having a relationship carries significantly greater weight in stirring empathy than belonging to the same species.


"Emotional contagion" is the most basic form
of empathy, the ability to experience feelings
of another individual.


"Emotional contagion" happens when feelings disclosed by facial expressions (for example sorrow, pain, happiness or tiredness) are passed from an "emitting face" to a "receiving face". Mirroring the sender's facial expression will trigger similar emotion in the recipient.


 The findings are published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ.

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