Saturday, June 21, 2014
Do Animals Have Emotions?
Here is a fascinating story from CBS New York on animals and emotions. It's a brief story (2 minutes and 43 seconds) about animal behaviour and emotions using some very moving examples of animals forming bonds with other animals and human beings (my favourite story is of Mr. G. and Jellybean - you'll love it, I promise!). The story arrives at the conclusion that animals do, in fact, have emotions. One of the main talking heads in the story is the very eloquent veterinarian Dr. Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer of the Animal Medical Center in New York City. If you get a moment, check it out. It's well worth your time, and it represents another step in the process of connecting the dots in such a way that explodes the notion of animals as commodities and instead treats them as individuals with dignity, a purpose, and - yes - emotions.