Communicating Animal Science Correctly

Communicating Animal Science Correctly

Contributed by Marielle Grenade-Willis

Here is an interesting commentary by Marc Bekoff on the importance of presenting animal research as objectively as possible to the wider public in order to avoid the skewed perception of misinformation. In a new study published by Science Daily, a conclusion is drawn that wolves understand causal effect better than dogs. However, the study uses “human-socialized” wolves and domesticated dogs that were both exposed to the same processes of human conditioning. Generally speaking, it is important that both variables in an experiment are subject to the same conditions, but in these circumstances it is hard to draw such concrete judgments about a wild animal such as wolf when they have been contingent upon such artificially constructed experiment designs as presented here. As Bekoff states, more study is most definitely necessary…