Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
for showing that even farm animals share the
same basic emotions as human beings.

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
The Emotional World of Farm Animals
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon (2003) - 277 pages
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon at Amazon.com

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's groundbreaking bestseller When Elephants Weep was the first book since Darwin's time to explore emotions in the animal kingdom, particularly those of animals in the wild. Now, he focuses exclusively on the contained world of farm animals, revealing startling, irrefutable evidence that barnyard creatures have feelings too - even consciousness.

Weaving history, literature, anecdotes, scientific studies, and Masson's own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens over the course of five years, this important book at last gives voice, meaning, and dignity to these gentle beasts that are bred to be milked, shorn, butchered, and eaten. Can we ever know what makes an animal happy? Many animal behaviorists say no. But Jeffrey Masson has a different view: Animals are happy if they can live according to their own nature. Farm animals suffer greatly in this regard. Chickens, for instance, like to perch in trees at night, to avoid predators and to nestle with friends. The obvious conclusion: They cannot be happy when confined six to a cage.

From field and barn to pen and coop, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable farm animals, each one with distinct qualities. Curious, intelligent, self-reliant - many will find it hard to believe that these attributes describe a pig. In fact, there is much that humans share with pigs. Pigs dream, know their names, and can see colors. Mother cows mourn the loss of their calves when their babies are taken away to slaughter. Given a choice between food that is nutritious or food lacking in minerals, sheep will select the former, balancing their diet and correcting any deficiency. Goats display quite a sense of humor, dignity, and fearlessness (Indian goats have been known to kill leopards). Chickens are naturally sociable - they will gather around a human companion and stand there serenely preening themselves or sit quietly on the ground beside someone they trust.

For far too long farm animals have been denigrated and treated merely as creatures of instinct rather than as sentient beings. Shattering the abhorrent myth of the "dumb animal without feelings," Jeffrey Masson has written a revolutionary book that is sure to stir human emotions far and wide.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, ex-psychoanalyst and former Projects Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives, has written more than a dozen books, including the bestsellers The Nine emotional Lives of Cats, Dogs Never Lie About Love, and When Elephants Weep. A longtime resident of Berkeley, California, he now lives in New Zealand with his wife, two sons, and five cats.

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The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
The Emotional World of Farm Animals
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
for showing that even farm animals share the
same basic emotions as human beings.