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Laugh­ing rats, sor­row­ful ele­phants, joy­ful chim­panzees. The more care­ful­ly we observe, and the more we learn about ani­mals, the clos­er their emo­tion­al lives appear to resem­ble our own. Most would agree that we should min­i­mize the phys­i­cal suf­fer­ing of ani­mals, but should we give equal con­sid­er­a­tion to their emo­tion­al stress? Bioethi­cist Peter Singer weighs in. Mean­while, cap­tiv­i­ty that may be eth­i­cal: How human-ele­phant team­work in Asia may help pro­tect an endan­gered species.