Animals, do they have the capacity to feel?
Many religion believe animals don't have souls and therefore are incapable of feeling others believe that because animals don't have the capacity to experience suffering/or enjoyment since they lack the ability for higher consciousness they cannot feel. while some believe they are unconscious beings or conscious automata what is your stance?
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It is obvious that animals have the capacity to experience feelings such as enjoyment or suffering. All forms of life can experience such sensations. The difference between man and (the other) animals is that, according to Aristotle, man is a political animal. This does not mean only that men live along with other men, because ever wolves live with other members of their species. Man is a political animal in the sense that he has the power of speech and the ability to distinguish between wrong and right. In other words, men do not use language only to communicate their feelings, like (the other) animals, but to make moral judgments as well.
When considering this, people remember that humans are also animals. Granted, not ALL animals feel, but many do. Dolphins are also the only other animal, other than humans, that have intercourse for pleasure. How can they NOT feel? Although animals may not have the complexity of thought process that we as humans posess, they do have a capacity to feel emotion. If they did not, a dog would not cry when left out in the rain. A herd of elephants would not cover their dead and sit by the corpse for over an hour. Animals DO feel.
Fear is a feeling
Fear is what alerts animals that something is wrong. Fear is an emotion. It is part of an animals survival instinct.
All animals have feelings, but can't communicate them to humans
Every animal gets scared or nervous or excited, which you can tell by their reactions. They shake or hide when they're scared, and when you comfort them, they calm down. When they get excited, they run around or act affectionate. Animals also have states of elation and depression. When an animal is happy, it will eat and get exercise and live its normal life. When an animal is depressed, it will not want to get up or do anything, just as humans would.
Also, the brain in every animal has four lobes, and one contains emotion. From a technical standpoint, every animal born with a normal functioning brain would have emotion and feelings. Every species expresses how they feel differently, but the difference in their actions proves that there is a difference in their emotions. If humans didn't have feelings, we would have no change in our day-to-day actions, and would simply be like emotionless living machines set to do different tasks. There is not that large of a difference between humans and other animals, especially to the point of saying everything besides us are emotionless. Humans are animals too. We are just far more advanced that others. Just because other animals cannot speak English and verbally communicate their feelings, their brains are still meant to have emotion and we can observe these by their actions.
animals have no narrative about pain
If you hurt an animal, it will experience the pain of that moment. However, it cannot anticipate pain in the future, remember pain very far into the past, worry about or make sophisticated stories about pain. It does not have an inner life whose quality can be reduced.
The idea that animals cannot remember the past or think about the future is a complete myth. A vast amount of research has shown animals of all types to remember what has caused them pain in the past and avoid it, including rats, dogs and even fish who avoid hooks for up to a year after being hooked once [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/6995533/Three-second-fish-memory-a-myth.html]]. Animals have just the same feelings and functions as we do.
What do you think?