Animal Sentience in Photo and Video

From time to time I try to include stories about animal sentience in the hope that the realization that animals are sentient beings may help to bring an end to the cruelty and the exploitation that they suffer with increasing frequency.

“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.” 
Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter

The videos photos below show that animals are sentient beings with a wide range of emotion and behaviours similar to humans and maybe many unique to their own species

Sheep often show affection for one another as they are doing in the above photograph.

Doesn’t this baby elephant’s behaviour remind you of a human child?

Unfortunately unlike mammals such as dogs, cats and elephants crustaceans such as this tiny creature struggling to survive are less likely to be considered as sentient or in other words aware and conscious of the world around them. Clearly from the video below this is not the case as this poor little animal fights for his life.

The following link has more information about sentience in crustaceans
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20aquatic%20animals%20lobsters%20and%20crabs.htm

The pig in the video below is clearly aware of his brother’s plight and is obviously taking hay to him.

Watch this incredible video of an elephant rescuing people from a fast flowing river. Sentient, emphatic and compassionate surely!

 

The following link has more information about sentience in crustaceans
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20aquatic%20animals%20lobsters%20and%20crabs.htm

These animals are clearly enjoying themselves, what better proof can you have that animals are sentient beings

This video will show you just how intelligent animals are

Please always keep in mind that animal intelligence should really not be compared to our own and all animals are uniquely intelligent in order to function in their natural habitat.

Respect the animals with whom we share this world, respect their right to life, to live it as nature intended. Animals are not an adjunct to humans, they are not here to satisfy our desires but they like us exist for their own reasons. As far as possible harm no living being.

 

Related Links

https://www.voiceless.org.au/hot-topics/animal-sentience

Animal Sentience Stories:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories.htm

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A message to Fox Hunters

All you fox hunters out there, you are killing a sentient being. Look how playful the fox is in the first video, just like your pet dog upon whom you may lavish your attention – odd but true people who enjoy killing foxes may like any of us have a dog as a companion animal.

Foxes are thinking feeling creatures who wish to live as do you or your dog.

Watch the videos and see for yourself what extraordinary creatures they are

A Fox Steals A Man’s Golf Ball And Has The Time Of His Life!

In this cute animal video, a baby fox has a great time messing with these golfers golfball. Adorable!

 

Dawn the Fox wags her tail

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.

 

Jack the Fox – A Day in the Life

Join Jack the Fox on his daily routine including a quick game of football and a shampoo and blow dry!

Fox hunting has been banned here in the UK though no doubt in more isolated areas it continues.

We need to make sure that fox hunting remains banned and is not reinstated:

Fox Hunting Season Starts:

League Against Cruel Sports’ Investigators will be out in force throughout the Season gathering evidence of wildlife crime in order to bring the criminals to justice. The team combines the knowledge and skills of experienced investigators, legal experts including a solicitor and ex police officers.

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved/calendar-dates/2014/nov/fox-hunting-season-starts

Keep the wildlife crime telephone number handy and report anyone fox hunting or hunting with dogs:
WILDLIFE CRIMEWATCH LINE 01483 361 108

An offical explanation of hunting with dogs:
https://www.gov.uk/hunting-and-the-law – sadly the barbarous cruelty of hunting rabbits and rats and retrieving hares that have been shot is still allowed as is drag hunting and trail
hunting – this could easily be used as a cover for fox hunting – and the supposed flushing out of pests.

Take Action
The Government is trying to bring back fox hunting

The Government has indicated that they have been considering amending the Hunting Act by using an Affirmative Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push unpopular changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

Read More and send a message. Tell your MP that you don’t want a repeal by the back door.
http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=122&ea.campaign.id=26535

Not convinced of the cruelty of Fox Hunting? Watch the videos.

Warning desturbing images for those of us who are sensitive to the suffering of another sentient being.

And

Regarding one of the You Tube comments following the 2nd video:

“David Cameron has promised a free and fair vote on the issue, no party whips, no being told how to vote, its highly democratic.”  Democracy has nothing to do with this issue which is about what is right and what is wrong, what is ethical and what is unethical. The murder of a sentient being for amusement can never be ethical, nor allowed in any country that wishes to make moral progress. The consensus or otherwise of cruelty whether it be hunting or other form of abuse, and there are just so many,  is irrelavant.  The hunting of any creature has no place in any modern civilised society. I find the fact that our prime minister,  who is responsible for the suffering of millions – including thousands of deaths – as a result of welfare reforms, pursues the so-called sport of hunting very disturbing.

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St. Francis of Assisi

Regardless of religious affiliation or other wise the above statement is just so true in the case of Cameron and in the case of anyone who mistreats animals. Such people are more likely to mistreat their own species as they have so little regard for the sanctity of life, the right to life.

“There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Interesting fact

David Cameron’s local hunt, The Heythrop Hunt, with which the Prime Minister has ridden six times before the law changed was the first to be convicted and fined for illegally killing foxes:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/fox-hunting.html

There certainly is little justice in this country and never will be under the dictatorship of someone who has little respect for the rights of other living beings. One should indeed consider the strong possibility that Cameron will try to reinstate Fox hunting if he and his detestable Tory party are elected next year. Yet another reason not to vote Tory

For Fox sake Don’t Vote Tory – To warn people of the risk to wildlife if Tories (or UKIP) are re-elected
https://www.facebook.com/FFSDVT