We have known that animals are conscious.
We have known that animals have thoughts.
We have known that animals are aware of what’s going on and will act accordingly.
We have known that each animal in the kingdom, including humans, have certain instincts that function, but that our consciousness also contribute.
And now – scientists agree.
An 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. But will this make us stop treating these animals in totally inhumane ways?
While it might not sound like much for scientists to declare that many nonhuman animals possess conscious states, it’s the open acknowledgement that’s the big news here. The body of scientific evidence is increasingly showing that most animals are conscious in the same way that we are, and it’s no longer something we can ignore.
I placed in bold the agreement amongst these scientists that this is something we can no longer ignore.
Thank goodness. Now let’s see some changes.
We welcome the prominent scientists of this declaration to the ever expanding group of people who have already realized not only that animals are conscious, but that that consciousness deserves consideration in all things that we do!