Whether in Warner Bros. cartoons, old jokes, or on Twitter, a good deal of humor has been derived from supposing that animals could talk.
Is it reasonable that two populations would independently hit on an adaptation by chance?
In contrast with apes, it’s a tougher sell to say that dogs share an ability to communicate with us because of being close evolutionary cousins.
Jerry Coyne argues, astonishingly, that the vulnerability of handicapped children justifies killing them.
The purported goal here is to prevent pet stores from obtaining their dogs from puppy mills and selling these abused animals to an unwary public. I’m not buying.