My Frenchie refuses to sleep alone. Some may argue that this is due to conditioning however if this was the case then it would be possible to train her to sleep alone, but she cries. She screams. She hauls. I don’t know what she is feeling, but it is not rocket science. I mean if a baby cried when their mother or father goes then they are obviously crying for that person. This is the same when it comes to animals.
Alright fine, you might think I am crazy but animal behaviourists such as Stamp Dawkins do not deny the existence of animal consciousness but say that theories about it cannot be tested in the real world. As this would probably involve torture, or there would be a major concern for subjectivity. Only observable behaviour and physiology can be studied scientifically and yet Stamp Dawkins has complained about a “rising tide of anthropomorphism”. (read this: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/13/if-only-they-could-talk- ).
Emotions in animals are the subjective feelings and emotions experienced by non-human animals. Emotions may be described as subjective, conscious experiences characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Charles Darwin was one of the first scientists to write about the existence and nature of emotions in animals. His observational and sometimes anecdotal approach has developed into a more vigorous, hypothesis-driven, scientific approach. General hypotheses relating to relates between humans and animals also support the claim that animals may feel emotions and that human emotions evolved from the same mechanisms. Several tests, such as cognitive bias tests and learned helplessness models, have been developed. Cognitive biases (feelings of optimism or pessimism) have been shown in a wide range of species including rats, dogs, cats, rhesus macaques, sheep, chicks, starlings, pigs and honeybees.
So next time anybody says or tried to argue that animals do not have feelings, just remember this, they do, just tell them it is scientifically proven, or look an animal in the eye and you will see for yourself.