posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 08:32 AM
I understand that this topic is a beacon to the Animal Rights crowd, and that the majority of the posts heretofore have been supportive of the rights
of animals, and often maligning the our own species. Animals certainly deserve a degree of rights, and to be protected against wanton cruelty and
extinction, so allow me to add my voice to that particular chorus.
Regardless of that fact, the intial vid posted by the OP is utterly ridiculous (no offense to the OP). Just because animals display a degree of
ability to mimick certain learned behaviors does not denote a sentient intelligence. There is obvious a baseline intelligence to be found in most
every animal, since such a trait is a requirement for survival. A bird's ability to identify a green key, or an orange toy truck is just a trained
adaption, though. Parrots must be able to identify food sources in the wild, and are wonderful at mimicking human voices; if everytime you gave a bird
a green key, you repeated "Green Key" to him and gave him a pepper or a fruit when he responded the same, the bird would come to understand what you
want. Polly would chirp back "green key", and wait for his banana. Its intelligence, but displayed in the form of a learned response. Koko and many
other animals display emotion, obviously. We've all seen frightened dogs, angry cats, etc.
That being said, Homo sapien sapien is by FAR the most advanced, and intelligent species to have ever lived. We are the apex of evolution, an
inarguable fact. To those who comment on the hubris of Man (capital M), wallow in your inexplicable guilt; your predecessors secured that ability for
you by not only rising from nature, but excelling to the point of basically dominating it. Sure, humans have done some horrific things, and wrought
devastation to our own environs, but such actions occured due to our ability to fulfill our wants, needs and desires to the Nth degree. Is it wise to
do so? Perhaps not. Our minds, and intelligence gave us the ability to, though. So, whilst arguing about how incompetent a species we really
are, and how smart that dolphin at the beach was, just remember that you do so from the secure cocoon of human civilization, with the free time
provided by the same, on technology spawned by it.