Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary
biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, writes a fascinating
article about the range of emotions and behaviors of which non-human
animals are capable. From showing empathy and rescuing others, to
holding wakes for the dead, animals are showing us that they are very
complex creatures that feel joy, fear, anger, compassion and much more.
To read the article please search online for
Animal instincts: not what you think they
For too long, humans have considered God's animals inferior and
incapable of feelings, leading us into becoming tyrants, something very
far of God's ideal plan for us: to be good stewards of God's Creation.
However, animals have evidently God-given instincts and emotions that
need to be respected. Humans and God's animals are interdependent,
sharing the same essence of life, for we all are God's creations. Humans
and God's animals enjoy life and fear death; this simple understanding
should prompt us to transition to a plant-based diet that shows
compassion and mercy to all Creation.
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