Farm animals 'need emotional TLC'

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Farm animals 'need emotional TLC'

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Farm animals have feelings which should be respected and catered for, academics at a London, UK, meeting have said.

They believe animals should not be dismissed as simple automatons - cows take pleasure in solving problems and sheep can form deep friendships.

Delegates from around the globe were speaking at the Compassion in World Farming Trust (CIWF Trust) conference.

They shared ways of exploring the minds of animals, as well as monitoring their suffering and alleviating their pain.

"The study of animal sentience is one of the most exciting and important in the whole of biology," said Professor Marian Dawkins, of Oxford University.

"My plea is that, when we make decisions and regulations about animals and campaign for them, the animals' voices should be heard and heard strongly."

For whatever reasons, we humans tend to draw a charmed ring around ourselves - we suppose we are the only ones that think thoughts and feel feelings.

We are happy to ascribe emotions to a tiny flailing inarticulate baby, while denying them in a sheep or even a chimpanzee.

Talk of animal sentience is often brushed off as fluffy and sentimental - not the stuff of science or the real world.
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Being kind to farm animals isn't just a moral duty - according to the CIWF Trust delegates; there is something in it for us, too. Cows, for example, produce significantly more milk if their handlers talk to them gently rather than shouting and pushing them around.

"The handlers don't have to be really mean and hit the cows," said Edmund Pajor of Purdue University, US. "It's just a slap on the rump in the way that many farmers would. But the cows don't like it and it makes a real difference.

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We are happy to ascribe emotions to a tiny flailing inarticulate baby, while denying them in a sheep or even a chimpanzee.
This is because the tiny flailing inarticulate baby is going to grow up to be a big flailing inarticulate grownup, and as such will be in charge.

...God help us.

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Who she.

http://zooweb.zoo.ox.ac.uk/deptinfo/sta ... id=9900333
Prof Marian Dawkins
Professor of Animal Behaviour
Tutorial Fellow in Biological Sciences

Research Group: Animal Behaviour (Dawkins)

Research Interests:
Bird vision; assessment of animal welfare, especially broiler chickens and laying hens. Communication in birds and fish

Recent Publications:
  • D Biro; T Guilford; M S Dawkins 2003 Visually-mediated site recognition by the homing pigeon may rely on a snap-shot like mechanism Animal Behaviour 65 115-122,
  • M S Dawkins; 2003 Behaviour as a tool in the assessment of animal welfare Zoology 383-387,
  • M S Dawkins; P A Cook; M J Whittingham; K A. Mansell; A. Harper; 2003 What makes free-range broilers range? In situ measurements of preference Animal Behaviour 66 151-160,

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I like farm animals.

Father-in-law ahd a pig named Wilma. She was a nice pig.

Was really good as bacon.

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A farmer walked into a bar with his pig and ordered a drink. The bartender could not help asking the man why his pig had a peg leg. "Well, you see," said the farmer, "this is an amazing pig. Why, two years ago, my son was chopping wood in the field when a tree collapsed on him, pinning him to the ground and making breathing difficult. The pig, which was in the area, ran to get assistance and, squealing loudly, led us to my son to rescue him."

"You're right, that is an amazing story. But why does your pig have a peg leg?"

This is no ordinary pig," the farmer continued. "One night while we were sleeping, our barn caught fire and the pig managed to squeeze through a little hole in the wall and circle our house, squealing as loud as it could to wake us up. We were able to save all of the animals."

"Wow. Incredible. But why does the pig have a peg leg?"

"Wait. Once, our home caught on fire. The pig managed to run to the next house over and wake the neighbors, who were able to save us and help put out the fire."

"OK. OK. The pig is amazing. But why the peg leg?" the bartender demanded.

"An amazing pig like this. You can't eat it all at once."
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...cows take pleasure in solving problems and sheep can form deep friendships.
Huhuhuhuhhhuuhuhuhuhuhhhuuuuhhhhhhuuhuhuhuh....

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I saw that, "sheep can form deep friendships" and wondered if the author was from either North Dakota or Scotland, where "men are men and sheep are afraid."
But how do they recall these romantic encounters over a cliff edge? Do they have RAM enough?

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So, why do scotsmen wear kilts?
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Jeff wrote:I saw that, "sheep can form deep friendships" and wondered if the author was from either North Dakota or Scotland, where "men are men and sheep are afraid."
Did jj explain the "feelings" of his goat regarding their "deep friendship"?
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So, why does Hammegk wear a kilt?
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jj wrote:So, why do scotsmen wear kilts?
Because sheep can hear the sound of a zipper from miles away.
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jj wrote:So, why does Hammegk wear a kilt?
Because hamsters can hear the sound of velcro being pulled open from quite a few inches.
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Post by marceldwayne »

guys i cant tell if u are just kidding around or what?

i think the original post is worth looking into. How do we measure emotions? Perhaps animals do have something similar if not equal to human emotions.

How does this effect keeping a canary in its cage for its life? or having a chimpanzee stuck in a cage in a zoo for people to stare and point at. It wasn't long ago that in carnivals their would be freak shows were people would point and laugh at deformed humans, nowadays we can hardly believe this ever happened. Who knows what the future will hold for animal rights....