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Re: "Is Compassion Only Human?"

In response to an article in the Take Heart! issue of August 14th titled “Is Compassion only Human?” some of you wrote back and shared your opinion with us:

“I firmly believe that animals are much more complex than many people think. I have observed similar behavior when cats of mine have died. I once dug a grave and buried my cat who I found dead on Christmas morning while his (unrelated) feline companion sat quietly by the grave throughout the whole process and ritual. Afterward, she grieved for days. I actually believe that animals are superior to humans in many ways - one being that as far as I can tell, they don't sin.” ~ Scott

Cheryl Dare certainly believes that compassion is found in animals as well. She recommends some books on the subject: “When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals” (Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy) and “Beauty in the Beasts: True Stories of Animals Who Choose to Do Good” (Kristin von Kreisler) among many others.

“I have no doubts that animals are able to express compassion. If we paid more attention to other species, we would discover that animals are very complex creatures whom we greatly underestimate. As long as humans keep blindly believing that animals are so simple and primitive, we will continue to exploit them for our benefit.” ~ CVA sustaining member

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