We have a responsibility
Under current EU law, animals are recognised as sentient beings – they are aware of their feelings and emotions.
Countries outside of the EU are also now recognising this scientifically proven and very important fact. Being aware of the sentient status of animals, both domesticated and wild has a massive impact: to comply with what we know brings a responsibility to the changes we must make in the way we think about ourselves, the way we think about animals and the way we care for and treat them.
When the UK leaves the EU in 2019, along with Brexit will go the recognised sentient status of animals in the UK. How you feel about this decision will depend on your own beliefs and traditions and whether or not you have an awareness and acceptance of animals as sentient beings.
The UK has long been considered a leader in animal welfare; that leadership will become a mockery after Brexit when we will no longer own secured recognition that animals are sentient beings.
I have, for some time, been a facilitator of changing the way we think about ourselves, and the animals we share our lives with based on their scientifically proven sentient status.
If you’re not entirely sure what animal sentience is and its implications for them as non-human beings, I urge you to seriously consider the following:
Simply imagine an animal you share your life with becoming a clone of the human being that you are, with all the emotions that you feel – the sorrow of losing a loved one, the joy of being with friends and family, the fear, the pain, the worry – everything that you feel emotionally is only equal to that felt by non-human animals.
There is considerably more to human beings and animals than meets the eye and all scientifically proven to exist. Hundreds of scientific studies have provided solid evidence that animals share the same kinds of emotions and motivations that we do.
We are more alike than you might possibly imagine which is why it is imperative that animals are afforded equal respect and recognition.
Here, I would like to point out that in taking away the sentient status of ‘animals’, we humans would, to all intents and purposes, also lose sentient status, which theoretically means we too would not be recognised as having feelings and emotions. Why?
Because we are animals too!
Charles Darwin stressed that variations among species are differences only in their degree rather than their kind. Scientists describe virtually all living things as animal or plant.
What gives humans the right?
What gives one species of animal the right to take away the sentient status of another simply because the species – in this case, all non-humans, is unable to stand up and be counted.
Ask yourself, “As an animal do I recognise myself as a sentient being who thinks, feels and has emotions? If the answer is “Yes”, you must also recognise all other species of animal as sentient beings.
We must do all we can to ensure that the sentient status of animals in the UK and its welfare implications remain in favour of all non-human animals. We must also work to ensure animals globally are protected under the wing of sentient status.
Non-human animals will fight for their young; they will fight for their lives. They protect and nurture – just like humans.
The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness
The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness was publicly announced on July 7, 2012, at Cambridge University in the UK! The group of scientists wrote, “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviours. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.” This evidence speaks volumes!
It is only our human traits, intelligence and the ability to speak that separates us from all other animals.
What makes humans so afraid and insecure that we must destroy what we don’t understand? Are we afraid that non-humans intend to take over the world? A ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario perhaps?
Fact – Animals are good for our health
It is now accepted that animals ARE good for our health. Studies show that:
- Humans living with animals make fewer visits to the GP and have less need for medication than those who don’t share their lives with animals.
- People who have human or animal support such as a dog, recover better after, for example, a heart attack than those without that support.
- Petting an animal increases mood, improving brain chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin that act as neurotransmitters in the brain, and play a vital role in our wellbeing.
- Having animals around has also been shown to increase pain tolerance and quicker wound healing, lower blood pressure and stress as well as helping Alzheimer sufferers, and those with cancer.
- Those of us who share our lives with other animals know first hand how soothing they are to the mind, body, and spirit. As sentient beings they consciously comfort and protect us; they play a vital role in our lives.
In whatever guise they come, the unconditional love that animals bring is incredibly healing. Animals are far more valuable to us than any counselor or self-help book in helping us to discover who we truly are as humans.
We have ample scientific facts
We have ample scientific facts that confirm non-human animals as sentient beings. How can humans take it upon themselves to constantly exile anything they don’t understand to the waste bin, particularly when there is clear evidence to contradict their ignorance and shallow minds?
I wonder how many humans are reading this who share their lives with animals and yet are blissfully unaware of who those non-humans truly are.
It is very clear to those of us who take the time to look past the physical animal that non-human animals have consciousness.
However, there are those who choose not to believe its existence because it makes it easier to do things to other animals, without concerning themselves with the fact that the animal will be suffering in some way. Countless animals continue to suffer in the name of research, education, entertainment, food, and clothing.
We are not exceptional
How can humans be so pompous as to believe that we are exceptional in our sentience? Is it not enough that we take away the freedom and lives of what many consider ‘lesser beings’? It is time to stop pretending that we don’t know if other animals are sentient; the scientific facts are overwhelmingly evident. Ignorance is not bliss; it is downright disrespectful to every non-human on our planet.
Dictionary definition of ‘animal’:
- able to perceive or feel things.
Outdated opinions and beliefs
Our aim must be to wipe out outdated opinions and beliefs urgently on behalf of the animals we share our planet with.
To the 313 MP’s who have betrayed non-human animals due to your own ignorance and agenda’s, shame on you! With an estimated 54 million domesticated animals currently being cared for in the UK, don’t expect the animal caring population of the UK or indeed the planet, to take this lying down. Your actions are abominable and misguided! I respectfully urge you to re-think.
It is vital that we all make an effort on behalf of those who continue to go unheard. I will, in the first instance contact my local MP and will take it from there. May I suggest that you do the same. If you feel strongly about this issue then please let the voice of the animals in your life be heard through you. If you’re sitting on the fence, please delve into the freely available evidence online. If you share your life with any species of animal you have an obligation to stand up for them. Sign a petition. Come on, let’s do this! The animal kingdom needs our help and it needs it urgently.
If you have ever wondered what the animals in your life need and how you can help them, then this is it. This is the most powerful gift you can give to them – the gift of being equal to human animals.
If you are sitting on the fence, take a look inside my Facebook group page, ‘Animal Intuitive Dynamics’ where you will find free information in the form of PDF’s and videos that describe animal sentience and its implications in the way we must care for them.
You can also find me on my Facebook Business Page Come on; let’s join forces and show the un-educated how wrong they are!
Please share this blog as far and wide and possible; be conscious of your thought based intention to finally bring recognition and justice to our non-human counterparts.