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Unformatted text preview: But it is the same mode of thinking that was a root cause of slavery for centuries. Although it is known that nonhuman animals certainly are not on par with human beings, it is very important to take into account that these are conscious beings able to understand their environment and make rational decisions, at least up to a certain point. Singer then begins to talk a lot about pain and the response to it by animals. He points out that the animal nervous system has evolved just as it has in humans, and that animals experience the same kind of stress, agony, discomfort that we humans do. They even communicate their pain and discomfort as humans do; perhaps not with words or language, but with sounds that are unmistakably formed due to pain. Just because they may be lesser animals from an evolutionary stand-point, most animals do not have a lesser sense of pain and feeling than humans do....
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- Spring '08