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Animal Emotions

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 are

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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