Do we really understand what animals feel?

Posted: February 4, 2019 in Life, Science
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  1. underwriiter505 says:

    I’ve long felt that our default, as it were, assumption about animals ought to be that they feel as we would feel in similar circumstances. The word “anthromorphism” has done enough harm to animals and humans both, ans we need to let it go.

    And, while we’re on the subject, we also need to do something about humans who, when a fellow human loses a family member which happens not to also be a human, tell that person to quit acting so silly, it’s only a [dog, cat, bird, you fill it in – whatever.) If they think it, then they think it, and that’s their loss, but when they say it to vulnerable people, that is the worst, most contemptible kind of cruelty. If that sounds angry, it’s because it is. I am angry right now for a friend whose dog, the sog whose arrival in his life literally prevented his suicide, got loose and has not been seen for two weeks. He also has financial and medical issues, and he doesn’t need people telling him to snap out of it. I admit to feeling anger.

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    • Stephen Yolland says:

      I would also feel anger in those circumstances. A little righteous anger is sometimes justified. I am sure you will be a great support to your friend.

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  2. Mary Wendy Roberts says:

    Animals grieve, they form emotional attachments to other animals ..and to humans and they communicate in their fashion to those close to them.They have “mood”, get bored, irritable or afraid. They suffer. Those who deny such things are unempathetic or unobservant and/or wish to somehow assert that other animals are so very different from humans (though they have all evolved from common ancestry) that their differences makes them more like furniture in a homocentric universe…

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