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“Knowledge of animal behavior and neurology have matured to the point that veterinarians and animal scientists can now use terms and phrases that respect the differences between animals and humans. Humans have the unique potential for verbal language and that underlies some of the fundamental distinctions between the species. The belief that language, sensory perception, cognition, and culture shape human experiences, including emotions, is well accepted in neuroscience. The lack of language and culture, and the differences in sensory capabilities mean that animals cannot experience the world the way humans do. That also means that animal feelings, whatever they might be, cannot be the same.* That is not a denial of conscious awareness in animals; instead it is recognition that humans will never truly understand their perspective. Scientists can study whether neurological and physiological responses to situations parallel those of humans. While sentience is widely accepted for mammals, we do not know if it is interpreted the same way a person might. Regardless of the variations between livestock and humans or in the similarities of overt expressions of behavior, gentle, consistent, and non-threatening handling will help to establish a relationship that empowers safe, efficient, humane, and productive results for animals and their human handlers.” From – “Efficient Livestock Handling: The Practical application of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Science,” Elsevier Academic Press, November, 2015; Bonnie Beaver DVM and Don Höglund DVM.
*Reference: Joseph LeDoux, “Anxious,” July, 2015. http://www.cns.nyu.edu/home/ledoux
Heather Beveridge DVM – Parkton, NC.