Bonobo diaspora
#animal cognition #veg-

Animal Consciousness: New Report Puts All Doubts to Sleep | Psychology Today

"Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. 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.">

… which is why I call them #nonhuman persons.
...remember that next time you bite into a was once a deeply thinking animal, not just a dumb hunk of meat...
Bonobo diaspora
Yeah, I also call them #friends not food :-) though sometimes I don’t reject “roadkill”. To some I talk, and they even talk to me (though I probably understand them less than they understand me …)

And I don't have anything against friendly interaction, so … “leaving them be” ain't enough for me, IMO we need to care for them also, e.g. I keep my bird feeders filled around the year, blackbirds get halved apple and are very happy about them, etc.

Thinking about maybe keeping bees again also …

Anyway, nice to see how you folks are also concerned about their well-being :-)

Also, @Kris Karas, those two don’t exclude each other, right? ;-)

Just recently, I have decided to call our species #humanimals wherever I remember it :-)
Right, @Bonobo, not mutually exclusive at all. :-)

I've long thought humans to be pretty arrogant in claiming exclusive license to "consciousness", "self awareness" and so on. Not surprisingly (to me anyway), #fish are now showing testable #self awareness (e.g. see this link from Max Planck Gesselschaft).
Bonobo diaspora
Awesome, @Kris Karas, thank you; those who “grok” life wouldn’t need such a proof, but it’s good to have it b/c it may make the work towards a peaceful coexistence, or better: #coevolution towards #symbiosis easier.

BTW, “What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins” by Jonathan Balcombe is one of the books in one of my physical “to read” stacks.