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Sagan, Carl
Humans Are Not So Special Miscellany
Non-Human Animals Experience Pain

Sagan and Druyan say other species are like us

quoteHumans who enslave, castrate, experiment on and fillet other animals, have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and 'animals' is essential if we are to bend them to our will, wear them, eat them -- without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.
dateDrs. Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan
sourceShadows of Forgotten Ancestors