Interior Life

Belgian, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

I recently read (somewhere on the intertubes) that some neuroscientists had issued a declaration saying that many if not most of the higher mammals are not only sentient, but also have all the brain structures needed for complex emotional responses and experiences.

Well DUH.

The argument that animals are unfeeling black-box automata can really only be supported by someone who either a) doesn’t spend any time with animals or b) has a vested interested in believing that they don’t have emotions, don’t feel pain and fear, and don’t form meaningful social bonds. If your livelihood depends on the exploitation of animals for their products, you can’t afford to be “sentimental” about them, because that would cast moral doubt on your actions. Because only a BAD person would intentionally inflict suffering on a sentient, emotionally vital creature for personal gain, right?

Right?


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One Response to Interior Life
  1. Bob Woolley
    August 31, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    If horses were not sentient, how would this one have ever requested his mane to be bleached and permed. Huh?

    Q.E.D.