There is plenty of evidence that animals are conscious and we know both science that animals are able to feel suffering and how they communicate suffering.
international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge
Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support
for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that
humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and
even the octopus.
There is plenty of evidence that animals are feeling suffering."
neural substrates of emotions do not appear to be confined to cortical
structures. In fact, subcortical neural networks aroused during
affective states in humans are also critically important for generating
emotional behaviors in animals. Artificial arousal of the same brain
regions generates corresponding behavior and feeling states in both
humans and non-human animals. Wherever in the brain one evokes
instinctual emotional behaviors in non-human animals, many of the
ensuing behaviors are consistent with experienced feeling states,
including those internal states that are rewarding and punishing. "
"For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended."
to an animal is something we learn. Put a child in a room with a toy
and a bunny. If she plays with the toy and is cruel to the bunny, I will
buy you a new car."
culture, religion and tradition starts with oral history. Our belief in
the superiority of humans is rooted in the darkness and superstition,
passed on by word of mouth for centuries. It has become holy, writ large
by human hands. If we taped an oral history of animal kingdom, the
anguished screams would drown out the sound and fury of the Big Bang."
[Quotes: Philip Wollen]