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Scientist Says, ‘Dogs Are People, Too’

How is a dogís capacity to feel emotions new information?

Why does a dogís brain have to work like ours to prove that they deserve legal protection?

How many of our fellow animals do we have to poke, prod and scan before we admit what our hearts already know?

Are we going to have to rigorously test every species of animal on the planet before we decide they deserve the right to life and liberty (or whatever form of liberty their level of domestication permits)?

I know that from a scientific standpoint saying that animals have emotions (without a test to “prove it”) just sounds like anthropomorphizing and that Bernsís research was very benign in comparison to many tests done on animals in the past. But this study still seems to reflect the general speciesist bias of the scientific community.

I canít say where Berns is coming from on this point and he may well have had the best of intentions, but I donít need an M.R.I. scan to tell me that my dog friends are happy to see me when I come home or that they deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. Iím afraid science can only tell us so much. But our conscience gives us all the evidence we need.

Sources:

Original Article By Gregory Berns

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6:15AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

2:16AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

interesting

2:14AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

ok first of all, animals are not self -aware as to the fact that they are going to die. Also Ihave seen animals be very aggressive and kill other animals.

So .... we are all animals. some of us suck, some don't. Humans, for some reason know right from wrong in some cases, in other situations do we revert to being animals?

2:07AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

no. They are not people. nope.

3:35AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Thanks

8:58PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

ty

10:27PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I agree with the fact that our heart and conscience already knows that dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and such are capable of emotions including love. I remember a fifth grade boy that use to come to school with his pet hen. He loved that chicken and that chicken loved to have him hold her. She would squat and walk in a small circle clucking until he would pick her up. There she sat very content in his arm or lap.

3:39PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Anyone who has ever had a dog, or cat, will tell you they are so much better than humans. They are loving, kind, and do not do the horrible things we humans do. We should all be more like them, this world would be a much better place.

11:11PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Thanks for the article. I believe Berns research is a big accomplishment. It also makes you wonder how did Bulgakov came up with his classic "Heart of a Dog" 3/4 century ago. The author seems biased against doing research on animals. I disagree.

12:00AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Thank you ~ I thought that this was an excellently-written article.
Agree with : "Are we going to have to rigorously test every species of animal on the planet before we decide they deserve the right to life and liberty (or whatever form of liberty their level of domestication permits)?"

The vast majority of animals are far advanced being than all those humans who hunt them, are cruel to them, cage them, make them perform tricks, and also eat them.

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