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#Repost with @Repostlyapp @belinda_vegan A COW MOURNING
Until the Eighties, the idea that #animals might have feelings like humans was regarded as #laughable . The reactions of animals were thought to be a series of automatic reflexes in response to environmental stimuli. While it was accepted that animals experienced basic feelings like #pain , #fear and #anger , if anyone suggested that they shared the same type of complex #emotions as humans, such as #love or #grief , they were dismissed as sentimental and deluded.
But sophisticated brain-imaging techniques have since demonstrated that humans form emotions in the primitive parts of the brain, such as the limbic system, that we share with all mammals. The same neurotransmitter chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins, are also identical across different species. If the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are the same, why should the #feeling experienced be any different?
In 2012, the world’s leading scientists on the subject published the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in Non-Human Animals, which agreed that animals experience moment-to-moment consciousness, just like humans. The key differences between human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, allow humans to think, plan and reflect, but other than these aspects, animal #consciousness is now thought to be surprisingly similar to our own. So, yes, animals can #care for each other in a way that resembles “love”, they may become distressed if a companion is in trouble, and they often display signs of grief after a death.#Sealion #mothers wailing as they watch their offspring being eaten by killer whales, and dolphins struggling to save the lives of dying infants, then mourning afterwards. #Elephants are also known to display grief, showing visible distress over the dead bodies of companions.
A cow at a live flesh market smells the skin of his dead family member and #cries .
What we are doing to these beings is straight up #wrong , they are conscious and #aware of their lives in more ways than many of us can comprehend. Feeling #sad is unfortunately not enough. If you yourself are ready to - 5 hours ago