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 Humans ARE animals = need for the term
“nonhuman animals”.
 Animals are sentient = a someone rather than a
something....
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 Sentience is often recognised in cats and dogs.
Cats and dogs
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• Tool use : Eg chimpanzees, even crows (video).
• Self awareness: Mirror self recognition eg magpies.
• Grief: Therapy ...
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What about sentience in farm
animals?
 ‘The one thing that I have
learned through getting to
know all the animals that
...
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Sheep
 Have a strong sense of
individuality.
 Can recognise the faces
of at least 10 people and
50 other sheep for at
...
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Wool
For more information on wool, see:
http://yourveganfallacyis.com/en/
wool-is-not-unethical/resources
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Chickens
 Intelligent animals.
 Ability to tell people
apart.
 A greater sense of
spatial awareness than
young childr...
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Egg Industry
Source: RSPCA ‘What happens with male chicks in the egg industry?’
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Cows
 Show excitement when
they’ve learnt
something new.
 Form lifelong
relationships.
Source: Donald Broom, a profess...
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Cow’s Milk
 Videos:
 “Sophie’s choice”
25.00-26.00 of
‘Carnism’.
 Reunited.
Source: RSPCA ‘What happens to Bobby Calv...
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Pigs
 Smarter than dogs eg
computer tests.
Video: pigs at Edgar’s Mission.
Source: John Webster, a professor at the
Uni...
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Respecting Sentience
Video: Stephen Colbert with Claire
Daines on Temple Grandin.
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Further Information
For more information on…
 Emotional lives of animals:
 Jonathan Balcombe.
 Visit a farm animal
sa...
The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep
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The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep

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You can listen to the audio for this talk here: https://soundcloud.com/animal-rights-advocates/animals

Full talk with Q and A after here: https://archive.org/details/EmotionalAnimals

This talk was recorded at the Glyd-In Community Centre: http://www.glydein.org.au/

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The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep

  1. 1.   Humans ARE animals = need for the term “nonhuman animals”.  Animals are sentient = a someone rather than a something.  Sentience: self-awareness, experience emotions and sensations eg pain, suffering, pleasure.  All sentient beings are individuals eg there’s not a “dog personality”. Sentience Source: Mark Bekoff ‘Scientists Finally Conclude Nonhuman Animals Are Conscious Beings’ in Psychology Today.
  2. 2.   Sentience is often recognised in cats and dogs. Cats and dogs
  3. 3.  • Tool use : Eg chimpanzees, even crows (video). • Self awareness: Mirror self recognition eg magpies. • Grief: Therapy sessions eg baboons grooming after deaths. • Pleasure seekers, not just pain avoiders: Orangutans are “adrenaline junkies”. They participate in “snag riding” – deliberately swinging on weak branches that may collapse. • Fairness: Dogs won’t offer their paw if another dog is getting a treat for it and they aren’t. • Graciousness: Being good/nice/co-operative is important for all social animals, not just humans eg elephants rescue antelope. • Sentience: The “bedrock of ethics” = all sentient beings should be part of the “moral community”. Not distinctly human Source: Interview with Jonathan Balcombe, who is a scientist studying animal behaviour.
  4. 4.  What about sentience in farm animals?  ‘The one thing that I have learned through getting to know all the animals that have passed through the gates of Edgar’s Mission is that they ALL are individuals with unique personalities and traits that go way beyond those dictated by their species’ (Pam Ahern – Co-founder, Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary). Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Victoria.
  5. 5.  Sheep  Have a strong sense of individuality.  Can recognise the faces of at least 10 people and 50 other sheep for at least two years.  React to facial expressions (preferring a smile than a grimace, just like humans). Source: Scientists at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.
  6. 6.  Wool For more information on wool, see: http://yourveganfallacyis.com/en/ wool-is-not-unethical/resources
  7. 7.  Chickens  Intelligent animals.  Ability to tell people apart.  A greater sense of spatial awareness than young children. Source: scientific study on animal behaviour, reported in the Guardian.
  8. 8.  Egg Industry Source: RSPCA ‘What happens with male chicks in the egg industry?’
  9. 9.  Cows  Show excitement when they’ve learnt something new.  Form lifelong relationships. Source: Donald Broom, a professor at the University of Cambridge.
  10. 10.  Cow’s Milk  Videos:  “Sophie’s choice” 25.00-26.00 of ‘Carnism’.  Reunited. Source: RSPCA ‘What happens to Bobby Calves?’
  11. 11.  Pigs  Smarter than dogs eg computer tests. Video: pigs at Edgar’s Mission. Source: John Webster, a professor at the University of Bristol in England.
  12. 12.  Respecting Sentience Video: Stephen Colbert with Claire Daines on Temple Grandin.
  13. 13.  Further Information For more information on…  Emotional lives of animals:  Jonathan Balcombe.  Visit a farm animal sanctuary.  Animal rights: www.ara.org.au  Veganism: www.veganperth.org.au  Vegan starter packs. More from me…  Email: Nick@ara.org.au  www.ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com  RTR92.1FM Indymedia: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/indymedia/  Every Monday 7-8pm.

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