Biologist Marc Bekoff provides a critical response to a magazine for which he is a contributing author, explaining why their cover story (featuring a chimpanzee standing in for a human male) is problematic on several levels. Don't be afraid to speak up and provide constructive feedback whenever you feel the media's portrayals are problematic. ... See MoreSee Less
Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public -- are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival.
Despite the headline, Kristof answers his main question with a "no" it isn't wrong to help animals, so long as you are also helping humans (he doesn't refer to humans as animals here but does in the next quote). He ends by saying "So compassion for elephants or rhinos or gorillas is not soggy sentimentality, but a practical recognition of shared interests among two-legged and four-legged animals. Go ahead and embrace animal causes without a shred of guilt." ... See MoreSee Less