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Dr. Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He has written many scientific papers and lay- articles on animal behavior, humane education, and animal research. In 2000, the Humane Society Press released his book The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Prob lems, Alternatives and Recommendations. His second book, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Macmillan), was released in May 2006. A popular speaker, he has given invited presentations in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, India, Brazil, Israel and mainland Europe. In January 2007 he completed a 15-stop lecture tour of medical and veterinary schools in India. Jonathan is currently Research Scientist with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in Washington, D.C. In his spare time he enjoys nature-watching, biking, piano, vegan cooking and trying to understand his two cats.