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That is the meaning of morals, knowing the value of life and choosing not to hinder life with ones actions.
When a dog is hungry and noone around to feed it, what stops it from eating a small child near by?
conscious beings as humans
perhaps a worm or simple celled organisms.
What a horrible article.
Why mix science with such a false sensational headline as to make this article a big laughing joke?
Sure animals can " feel". Do they have feelings like humans do? No one knows. Does this make a pet " Human" Hell No silly Rabbit! Tricks are for kids and this article is full of tricks.
Sure my cats and dogs love me but they are " Dumb" animals no matter smart they seem to be to you and me. Equating animals with Humans is Dead Wrong on so many levels, These people should be removed from science entirely. Things like this sends confusing signals to young children. No wonder our kids are stupid with such bad science articles being written.
Perhaps you miss the greater point: to extend the same empathy you do to humans to other animals as well.
I don't think that is so hard to do. Afterall, saying "Dogs are people too" really means, "Dogs have feelings too".