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Scientists Sign Declaration That Animals Have Conscious Awareness; Just Like Humans
An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.
“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self-importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”
"The researchers found that when prawns’ antennae were exposed to acetic acid, they rubbed them as if nursing a wound, but when anesthesia was administered to them, they stopped exhibiting the pain-reaction behavior. Likewise, when crabs were given an electric shock, or when one of their claws were removed, they also rubbed the part of their body that was exposed to pain. The animals also showed a penchant for learning how to avoid painful environments. “These are not just reflexes,” says Elwood to The Post. “This is prolonged and complicated behavior, which clearly involves the central nervous system.”
"Look, guys, you can't stay stuck on stupid. You should be fully knowledgeable about everything you stuff in your face." - "The Meat is for Pussies author and Cro-Mags front man talks meat, men, and meditation in this exclusive VegNews interview."
A Dog, a Cat, a Pig, a Cow… Why Do We Eat One and Not the Other?
"farm animals are no different than the cats and dogs who share our homes. They are living, feeling creatures who deserve our respect. We would never consider eating our companion animals, so why should we eat farm animals?...
On today’s factory farms, which produce the vast majority of our food, animals are seen as raw materials in a mass production system that strives to minimize costs in order to maximize profitability. Animals exploited for meat, milk and eggs are treated like inanimate production units, not like living, feeling animals.
As a result, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other animals are among the most abused creatures in the world."