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The Spoof : Empathy in animals could spell the end of meat products funny satire story

The Spoof : Empathy in animals could spell the end of meat products funny satire story | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
British scientists who looked into the behavior of chickens and say they found hints of empathy being shown - the ability to see things from another's point of view - has not been received well from egg producers who fear people will now refuse to buy battery farmed eggs.
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5 Ways To Build Empathy With Your Customers

5 Ways To Build Empathy With Your Customers | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others – is essential to providing better customer experiences.


If you understand your customers, you’ll be well equipped to give them exactly what they need. Here are 5 specific practices that companies can use to engage with customers to build a deeper level of understanding and empathy throughout the CX journey.

  

1. Share customer insights....
2. Become a customer....
3. Conduct ethnographic research...
4. Create a life-sized map of the CX journey and walk through it...
5. Incorporate understanding phrases into your customer service...


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(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion

(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Video: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/11181428/teen-boys-train-puppies-to-gain-empathy 

More than 10 years ago, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary teamed up with St. Paul schools for a once a week program paired up with adult dogs. They jumped at the chance for the boys to learn to patiently train puppies.

Within just five weeks no one can ignore the difference. The boys were showing empathy and compassion translating to better results in their 6 hours of daily class time. Love and gentle nature are often not encouraged or even safe on the streets.

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Fish Empathy Quilt

Fish Empathy Quilt | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
OK, I had to admit that I had my doubts when I heard the first rumblings about a giant “fish quilt” we were making to raise awareness about the fact that fish are intelligent, intriguing animals who feel pain just as all other animals do and that they don’t deserve to be violently killed for food, painfully hooked for “sport,” or cruelly confined in aquariums. But now that I see the finished product, I have to admit that it’s pretty cool.
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Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Gruen describes entangled empathy as a type of caring perception focused on attending to another’s experience of well-being.


It is an experiential process involving a blend of emotion and cognition in which we recognize we are in relationships with others and are called upon to be responsive and responsible in these relationships by attending to another.


When we engage in entangled empathy we are transformed and in that transformation we can imagine less violent, more meaningful ways of being together.

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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.”


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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
The University of Tokyo.




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What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.


But what if we descend not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor but from an empathic bonobo-like ape?


The bonobo’s body proportions—its long legs and narrow shoulders, even its grasping feet—seem to perfectly fit the descriptions of Ardi, as do its relatively small canines.


Why was the bonobo overlooked? What if the chimpanzee, instead of being an ancestral prototype, is in fact a violent outlier in an otherwise relatively peaceful lineage? Ardi is telling us something, and there may exist little agreement about what she is saying, but why do I always hear the drums of war while listening to evolutionary scenarios. This has been going on unabated since Konrad Lorenz and Robert Ardrey.


By Frans de Waal 

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Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets

Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
The primatologist sat down with MNN, sharing her thoughts on climate change, compassion and a dog named Rusty.


You've said your appreciation for animal sentience began with Rusty, a dog you befriended as a child in England. In what ways could you sense his sentience? Do you think growing up with pets is a good way for children to learn empathy for other animals?

I think it's desperately important for a child to grow up with a pet, providing there's somebody to make sure that they understand how the animal should be treated. And, you know, Rusty worked out problems. He worked out that if he was hot, he could trot down the road, down to the chine and have a little swim and come back. He even did pretend games. He was unlike any other dog I've ever had.



 

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Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship

Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

From left, Dominique Edwards and Emma Malzacher, both 12, pet Schatzi as he sits in on their compassion education class. School Resource Officer Rob Tallion of the Kearney Police Department brings animals into the classroom to help students learn empathy.


Dominique is the daughter of Abigail Edwards, and Emma is the daughter of Brian and Sara Malzacher.


By JOSH MOODY

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I love the idea that not only are the students learning about empathy from Schatzi, but also learning about the terrible problem of people neglecting and abusing animals. They learn how they can help. They resilience in Schatzi and his ability, like theirs, to commit to helping others.

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Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

 A new book by Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen  called Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

 is a wonderful addition to a growing literature in the transdisciplinary field called anthrozoology , the study of human-animal relationships (the Kindle edition can be found here.

An interview I did with Professor Gruen lays out the basic foundation for her ideas about entangled empathy, a new and practical ethic for improving our relationships with nonhuman animals (animals) and also other humans. When I asked her to answer a few questions, in true form and in living up to her own deep connections with other animals, Professor Gruen wrote back to me, "Ok at the vet with one of my rescued rats, will do this as soon as I get home!"


Why did you write your new book?

I have been thinking about and writing about and talking about empathy for a while.


 I was at a conference at Yale a year or so ago and many people came up to me after my talk wanting to learn more about entangled empathy. 


by Marc Bekoff


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Pet Talk: Compassion fatigue an occupational hazard for veterinary professionals

Pet Talk: Compassion fatigue an occupational hazard for veterinary professionals | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

"Just like there's a physical cost to running a marathon, there's an emotional cost to working with patients who are in pain or hurting," says Enid Traisman, a certified grief counselor and director of the Pet Loss Support Program at DoveLewis.

"It's different from ordinary stress, because with compassion fatigue, the causes are always related to caring for another person or animal when they're in crisis or pain."

Symptoms include increased negativity, isolation, difficulty separating work and personal life, self-destructive behaviors and apathy.

The key to combating compassion fatigue involves two simple steps, Traisman says: Awareness, which helps people prevent and heal, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


By Monique Balas 

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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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