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DELUSIONAL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 09:16 PM
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" Farm animals 'need emotional TLC' "
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4360947.stm

"The study of animal sentience is one of the most exciting and important in the whole of biology," said Professor Marian Dawkins, of Oxford University.

"My plea is that, when we make decisions and regulations about animals and campaign for them, the animals' voices should be heard and heard strongly."

For whatever reasons, we humans tend to draw a charmed ring around ourselves - we suppose we are the only ones that think thoughts and feel feelings.

We are happy to ascribe emotions to a tiny flailing inarticulate baby, while denying them in a sheep or even a chimpanzee.

Talk of animal sentience is often brushed off as fluffy and sentimental - not the stuff of science or the real world.


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