“Humankind’s relationships are profoundly out of step with what we now know of their sensory and emotional lives – we are much more similar to cats, pigs and chickens than we once believed. We wield enormous power over animals, and have excluded them from our circle of moral concern throughout history. But the real arbiter of whether or not a being deserves respect and compassion is sentience – the capacity to feel. All animals – whether free or domesticated – deserve the opportunity to pursue their pleasures. Their capacity for feeling good requires that we behave with more compassion”

Jonathan Balcombe, The Guardian. 

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