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Does any animal express emotion? If so, do they cry, and have tears? Article 1 http://www.louisdorfman.com/articles/truth_about_animal_emotions.html Article 2 http://www.wisegeek.com/do-animals-cry.htm
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Article 1 The Truth About Animal Emotions It is time, as our collective philosophies and cultures mature, to once and forever acknowledge what all individuals in the animal-related fields who work with animals know without doubt. Not only the professional keepers at zoos and institutions, but individuals that love and cherish their individual domestic animals know equally well. What is this vague and illusive truth? WHAT WE ALL KNOW: ANIMALS HAVE EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS THAT ARE PERHAPS AS COMPLEX AND VARIED AS ARE HUMAN EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS!! Aren't we all a bit weary and tired of having even the hint of a serious debate on a subject that really is as evident to anyone professional or laymant hat spends any degree of time really getting to know an animal, that to deny animals' complex range of feelings and emotions should have gone by the wayside at the same time we realized the Earth is not flat? The view of animals as non-feeling creatures of reflex was made popular by Descartes' philosophy of science in the 1600's. Four hundred years ago! Not too long after the concept of a flat Earth was debunked. Yet, with the tremendous strides that have been made in understanding of feelings and emotions, Descartes' approach is still followed by a surprising group of well-educated scientists and institutions. Why does this foolish myth continue to be seriously debated? A cynical person might recognize that there are many industries that rely upon animals for such commercial activities as animal testing and medical research that would face great moral outrage and a conscientious dilemma if they allowed themselves to recognize the emotional comparisons to the human species. Yet, they continue to experiment with animals such as social primates who have over 98% of the same DNA as do humans. Of course, DNA and genealogical comparisons were not even understood when this sort of research was initially condoned.
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There are also a large number of individuals who were raised with a tradition of hunting for pleasure and who continue to practice this form of recreation who would really have to examine their souls and character if they were to recognize that the sources of their recreation were sentient beings with strong emotions, love of family, and able to feel the same degree of fear and pain as do the perpetrators of this sport. Yet the same people frequently go home and relate anecdotes about their dogs' and/or cats' individual emotional traits in the same vein as a human friends' identical traits. We all know people that fall into that category. Another factor that contributes to the concealment and attempt to deny what all common
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2012 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Dr.chan during the Fall '11 term at Marine Biological Laboratory.

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