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The Sun Interview

Signs Of Intelligent Life Carl Safina’s Evidence That Other Animals Think And Feel

by Sam Mowe
“The way people treat animals affects the way they treat people: if you brutalize animals, you are probably hardhearted toward humans, too.” MORE

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

There Is Someone In There

by Carl Safina

“Partway into considering examples of dolphin ‘cognition,’ I realized that dolphins are as cognizant as anyone. There are so many examples of them acting aware and clever (because they are aware and clever) that one might as well try to compile examples of humans acting aware and clever. That’s just who we are. And it’s who dolphins are, too.”


Preserve And Protect

by S.J. Dunning

Wandering the real-estate wastelands of the Northwest



When They Came To Us

by Debbie Urbanski

At first they were welcome



The Soul In A Body

by Yehoshua November

Readers Write


by Our Readers

A renter’s fantasy, a hoarder’s legacy, a family’s fortress

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In This Issue



“What do you see when you look at an animal? A kindred spirit, a creature much like you; but possibly, the very next moment, a beast, a stranger, just an animal. Animals are like those pictures that we see as one thing and then another; the duck that suddenly becomes a rabbit; the wineglass that’s also an old woman in profile. Now the pig is a fellow creature, like Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web. Now he’s pork.”

Jean Kazez


Letter to the Editor

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