My newest book, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (New World Library), was released in March. Written with ethologist Marc Bekoff, Unleashing is a practical guide to letting dogs be dogs. You can order Unleashing through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.


Over the last two decades, I’ve written extensively within the field of bioethics, beginning with an early interest in the interconnections between health care systems, environmental degradation, and health (The Ethics of Environmentally Sustainable Health Care). Over the past decade, my work has increasingly turned toward one of my principle passions in life: animals. My 2009 book Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, written in collaboration with cognitive ethologist Marc Bekoff, builds a scientific case that nonhuman animals exhibit of a broad range of prosocial behaviors, including empathy, cooperation, fairness.

Pierce-jktMy 2012 book, The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives, explores end-of-life care, dying, and euthanasia in the lives of our companion animals, weaving analysis together with a journal chronicling the decline and death of my beloved dog Odysseus.

cover designMy 2015 book Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, makes the case that the keeping of pets is, at best, morally ambiguous and, at worst, a serious problem.

My 2017 book,bekoff-pierce-theanimalsagenda  The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion and Coexistence in the Age of Humans (Beacon Press), written with Marc Bekoff, explores the role of science in helping (or harming) the billions of animals under human care.


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