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.


Interview Excerpts

Animal Domestication as the Beginning and End of Civilization 

Animal Rights and the Five Freedoms

On the Lack of Awareness or Action to Stop Animal Exploitation

The Only Species That Chooses What It Eats

The Impact of Animal Domestication on the Human Psyche

Considering the Interests Of Other Species

On Why People Use Animals

Animals As Subjects Of Their Own Lives

What Vegans Feed Their Companion Animals

The Connection Between War and Animal Agriculture

Agribusiness, Hunger & Human Rights

Humans As Predators

A Hierarchy of Value 

Special Relationship with Companion Animals

Changing Times for Vegans

Beings As Ends Not Means

Cooperation Between Dogs & Humans

Most Animals are Vegan

Human Co-evolution With Dogs

Animal, Gender, and Civil Rights Movements

Children's Sensitivity to Animals