More evidence to support the FACT that animals do have emotions

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The evidence is abundantly clear and all doubts should be wiped clean. Animal do experience emotions.

The only folks who are in denial are those with profit and/or greed motives or those supporting those with a profit and/or greed motives.

Animal-loving families and individuals across the planet already understand the fact that animal experience emotion. But finally, we are seeing momentum – in a monumental bulldozer of forward progress.

The Washington Post published a piece May 19 by David Grimm, in the Health & Science section of the website. It contains some extremely important information developed in Marc Bekoff’s research. Bekoff is a cognitive ethologist and professor emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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So that’s the problem with those who oppose breeding regulations

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Every time I read a comment from someone who states there are no definitions for a puppy mill, I respond with the definition. But of course, those who oppose breeding regulations continue to make this false claim.

But it hit me this morning as I read through some alerts on the Pack News Wire. These people just don’t know what a puppy mill is. That’s the problem. It’s people who don’t understand what it means for an animal to suffer.

I’m sure for some of them, it’s a matter of pure propaganda. But for so many of them, it’s a complete lack of knowledge in this area. They don’t understand that dogs and cats and other animals possess a state of consciousness and therefore can suffer both emotionally and physically.

Sadly, for some people, animals are nothing more than property, with no more capacity to experience emotion than a washing machine.

So there it is. For some of those opposed to important breeding regulations that can protect dogs and cats from suffering, it is matter of protecting the profit margin. But for others, it comes from a lack of understanding and awareness of the level of emotion animals can experience.

For either source of the position, the outcome is horrible for breeding animals. They really don’t know what a puppy mill is. In 2013, with all of the information available on various web-enabled devices and with the advancements and findings in scientific research, it is sad to consider that some people still don’t get it.

So here it is: A puppy mill forces the parent dogs to live 24/7 (or nearly) in small cages, with very little or no time for exercise or play. The dogs are offered no veterinary care to speak of and often live in unsanitary conditions. The moms are bred too often. And overall, profit takes precedent over health.

Dog rescued from puppy mill learns to trust people

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The ASPCA video below tells the story of Zack, a little dog the organization rescued from a Michigan puppy mill earlier this year. Zack was very afraid and it took some time and compassionate contact to allow him to understand that not all people are evil.

I will be writing very soon about some new research being reported, which offers further scientific proof that animals did experience emotions. Stay tuned.

But there really are no doubts remaining on this topic. Animals like dogs, cats, pigs, horses, elephants, monkeys and many, many more do experience emotion. Anyone who denies this fact – from scientists or others – is simply WRONG.

Zack’s video clearly shows his emotions. Now some on the other side would claim I am wrong because I am basing my findings purely on observation. – WRONG. This would be like telling an emergency room doctor he was incorrect because he was basing his conclusion that a patient had been shot by merely observing the wound.

Or would these same folks on the other side suggest we needed to toss out any mental health care for trouble people because doctors could only base a diagnosis on observations and what the patient was telling them? WRONG.

We really do know that animals experience emotion and can therefore suffer both physically and emotionally and can on the other end, experience happiness and joy. We see the positive end of the emotional spectrum when we come home to great our pets.

So it’s time to put what we know as facts to work and ramp up animal-cruelty laws across the nation and across the planet, to better protect animals from abuse.

Again, stay tuned to the blog for much more on this topic. Thank you for reading.


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Writer doesn’t mince words on topic of animal emotion

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The Huffington Post ran an editorial Monday from Ari Solomon, who in no uncertain terms challenges anyone who doesn’t understand that animals have feelings.

His language might be a bit dicey for some readers at a couple of points, but he’s making a point – and a strong one.

Solomon makes a great point here – “” It’s always fascinated me that scientists will say that animals are so much like us that we should use them in laboratory tests, but so much not like us that we needn’t concern ourselves with their suffering. How’s that for convenient hypocrisy? “”

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Gas Chambers: The totally unnecessary evil

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It really is long-past time to ban gas chambers as a means to euthanize animals. ALL of the excuses for using gas chambers have been wiped off the table.

I’m not sure how any shelter operator at this point can really claim they have to use the gas chamber. So many communities have banned the practice and have proven there are other means to deal even with dogs or cats or wildlife that are deemed dangerous.

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Unexplainable occurance on Dash’s final day

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Something that happened Tuesday morning, on the day we said our final goodbyes to our 13-year-old greyhound Dash, that shook the emotions for my wife and me.

We made the final decision early in the day and with great sadness set an appointment for early afternoon. But I had interviews planned for late morning for a sports feature I was working on.

When I got into my car, I paused a moment to collect my thoughts and noticed some trash in the floorboard. So gathered it up and took it to a trash bag in the garage. As I walked back to my car, I heard a large truck heading down our street.

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Video: Rescued cow reunited with calf

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I received a link this morning to this very touching video produced by the Gentle Barn.

A rescue cow was desperately missing her calf. When the Gentle Barn volunteers realized this, they went back to site of the rescue to get the calf and reunite it with mom.

The video imbed link failed to work, so go to this link to view it and come back here for the second video explaining the mission of Gentle Barn.

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Study: Monkeys show regret

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A recent study at the Yale School of Medicine, indicates rhesus monkeys experience feelings of disappointment.

The monkeys were taught to play a modified version of rock, paper, scissors and show regret when they lost a round and did not receive the rewards offer when they won a round the game.

From a report on

“” When the monkeys lost, they showed activity in two regions of the brain associated with the rational and emotional components of regret: … “”

This offers more evidence that animals do indeed experience emotion.

Guest blog post on Scientific American questions the reality of emotions in animals

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I found  a guest blog post on the Scientific American website that seems to question the existence of animals experience emotion.

Kristina Bjoran on the one hand seems to want to believe that animals have feelings, but near the beginning of her post, she makes the following declaration:

“” The problem is, we can’t say for certain that nonhuman animals feel anything at all. “” – And she goes on to mention anthropomorphism as being a problem.

I could not resist commenting under this piece and noted –

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Study: Hens react with emotion when chicks are in discomfort

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I found a very interesting article in, reporting on a study conducted on hens at England’s University of Bristol. It seems the mother hens reacted in a rather extreme way if they felt their chicks were in distress.

It is believed the hens are showing empathy. The hens were separated from the chicks during the experiments but were in close proximity. When puffs of air were directed at the chicks, the hens “responded more intensely with a stress response equivalent to fight-or-flight behavior,” according to the article.

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