Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Masson is the author of nine books about the emotional lives of animals, including When Elephants Weep, The Face On Your Plate, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, and his most recent book, Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil. He earned his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University, and while teaching Sanskrit at the University of Toronto he trained as a Freudian analyst and became the Project Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. 

I had a chance to meet with Jeff during his visit to Berkeley, and our conversation ranged from the bond between humans and dogs to the connections between agriculture and war, and the environmental, ethical and health reasons why respecting the interests of all species is in the interests of humans.

The Interview

Animal Domestication

Lack of Awareness or Action

The Only Species That Chooses What It Eats

Agribusiness, Hunger & Human Rights

Humans As Predators

Companion Animals

Changing Times for Vegans

Animals As Individuals

War and Animal Agriculture

The Impact of Animal Domestication 

Cooperation Between Dogs & Humans

Human Co-evolution With Dogs

A Hierarchy of Value 

Beings As Ends Not Means

Animal Rights and the Five Freedoms

On Why People Use Animals

The Interests Of Other Species

Most Animals are Vegan

Social Movements

Children's Sensitivity to Animals