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MtthwUsaf
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Animal's Sadness: A Personification

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Started: 12/28/2007 Category: Science
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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VbPeppermint

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I believe that animals (in this context, non-human living things) are able to feel pain, but not emotion such as happiness, sadness, and anger.
MtthwUsaf

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I have a golden retriever. One day I was getting ready to eat a sandwich and set it on the coffee table, then left the room for a moment. When I came back the sandwich was gone and my dog was standing next to the table. I didn't even say anything I just looked at him, he then put his head down, his tail between his legs and walked to his bed. What do you call that if not guilt. (No I dont beat my dog so it was not fear)

Many scientific studies are starting to point towards complex emotions in animals ranging from chimps to crows. Though alot of the research is anecdotal, some studies have been done using brain scans that show similar brain activity in animals that you see in humans in regards to emotion.
Debate Round No. 1
VbPeppermint

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I don't know if that is even true, but I will explain why it is not emotion anyways.

I would suppose the dog thinks you are the leader of the pack, and because he "stole your sandwich" he thinks you will take action as a natural instinctive response, especially if food is involved.

When it appears that an animal is in some sort of emotion, it is actually instinctive response to an event. Such as a mother lost her cub, what appears to be sadness, worry, and fear may just be a natural reminder, to avoid the event happening again.
MtthwUsaf

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Debate Round No. 2
VbPeppermint

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by VbPeppermint 9 years ago
VbPeppermint
shut the fuuck up n00b.
hippos have backs
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
What about when you walk into a room and your puppy gets all excited , or when you pick up a leash and the dog starts panting and barking and acting all excitable? What about when an animal cuddles up with you. I am not a huge animal activist or even that much of an animal lover , but I think they definately feel ranges of emotions , maybe not equal to a human , but they do feel.
Posted by artC 9 years ago
artC
What about animals such as chimps? They can sign! It's amazing. And when a baby chimp dies, the mother carries it around with her for more than three days in mourning. The discovery channel used the word "mourning".

I don't know much about the science behind this but I think it's undeniable that at least some animals feel real emotions which we thought were reserved for humans.
Posted by VbPeppermint 9 years ago
VbPeppermint
Please don't judge me by my debates: PETA is a scam for money, and this debate. I love animals but something about them look to me like lies.
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