There’s more than enough science that shows animals are emotional beings.
“We like to see ourselves as special, but whatever the difference between humans and animals may be, it is unlikely to be found in the emotional domain.” (Frans de Waal)
A recent New York Times easy by renowned Emory University primatologist Dr. Frans de Waal called “Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks” with the subtitle “Animals are no less emotional than we are” has generated a good deal of interest including a good number of emails to me that arrived yesterday and overnight. Dr. de Waal’s piece is an excerpt from his new book titled Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves that was reviewed by Sy Montgomery in which she writes, “In this book, de Waal sets the record straight. Emotions are neither invisible nor impossible to study; they can be measured. Levels of chemicals associated with emotional experiences, from the ‘cuddle hormone’ oxytocinto the stress hormone cortisol, can easily be determined.