CSI: Animals

Learn about the only full-service crime lab for animals in the world. Turn on the subtitles for the video to help with your listening comprehension if you need to (the subtitles on this YouTube channel are mostly very accurate).

Ok, so maybe the title “CSI” isn’t the right one, since that stands for crime scene investigators, and these people mostly just work in the lab. But a CSI: Animals might have been better than some of those other spin-offs (CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber were both pretty terrible).

Questions for debate and discussion:

  • Should animals have the same rights as humans?
  • Which animals should have more protection under the law?
  • What kinds of organizations exist in Japan to protect the rights of animals?

To help you study

Here’s a purring cat to help you study for your exams.

A couple of comments some of you may relate to:

“This is so nice to listen to at work when I miss my cat. It really helps me focus, too; it’s white noise without being too “white noise-y.”

“I’m a freshman in college who isn’t allowed to have my cat on campus. Back home, my cat really helped calm me down after a panic attack. Sadly, that happened a few times since I’ve started college, and it has taken me much longer than it should have to calm down. Now, I’m crying listening to this purring cat, because I finally have a way to calm down after a hard day!”

­čÉ▒Have a purrrrrfect weekend ­čÉ▒

Old dog, new tricks: Part 2

This dog has learned more than 1000 words in 3 years.

More about Chaser (both of these articles are a bit old, but still interesting):

Chaser has her own Facebook page, if you want to see how she’s doing now.

And here’s a website with all the background, research, a photo gallery, and more.

For another topic about “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” see “Dogs, tricks, and trees that┬ábend” from last year.