As Jeremy Rifkin stated on the article “… many of our fellow creatures are more like us than we had ever imagined”, animals also experience many emotions that we do. They feel pain and suffering. They also experience other emotions like excitement, stress, love, and are very affectionate.
Some of the fast food purveyors such as McDonalds, KFC, and Burger King are sponsoring their part into animal research. These companies have financed research into the emotional, mental, and behavioral states of animals. McDonalds has funded studies on pigs’ social behavior. Researchers have found that pigs crave much attention and are easily depressed if they are isolated or denied their daily playtime with their fellow pigs. The lack of these stimuli may result in the deterioration of their health.
One of the human attributes that animals have is self-awareness. People have argued that some animals are not capable of self-awareness due to the fact that they lack a sense of individualism. But at the Washington national zoo, orangutans were given mirrors and they explored parts of their bodies that’s they could not see by themselves. This is a sign of self-awareness.
Something that is thought to distinguish animals from humans is the mourning of the dead. It is believed that some animals have no sense of mortality and they cannot comprehend the concept of their own death. But it appears that they do have a...