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originally posted by: Hecate666
It might sound extreme but I am glad someone is standing up for animals. Shouting at an animal who lives with or around humans to a point that it becomes scared is a bastard move. Not the worst thing in the world but a sign of being a nasty individual in general.
It is really time that animals are being treated as fellow creatures who are far more intelligent that a lot of humans believe. But then it is only those humans who do not really understand that being intelligent and sentient doesn't equal "behaving human like".
I have lived and am living with many different animals and they are all 'people', even the smallest one.
They have characters, quirks and likings. I love it when they are happy, yes they can be happy and they can be depressed, scared and angry. Animals are really great beings, all little adults, capable of living life in the wild or living in harmony with humans alike.
However it takes some insight to notice this. I am all for all animals to be treated in the best way possible, especially when captivated by us. There is absolutely no valid argument against this. If you think animals are just objects, you just lack insight. Which is your shortcoming and not the animal's fault.
No wonder you can judge the amount of civility of a human by how he/she treats an animal.