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October 9th, 2013, 19:54
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
C'mon. Anyone who has spent any time with dogs knows they have emotions. Geeze. I wonder how much money this study wasted?

I thought it was pretty common understanding that emotions are a very primitive feature of brains, and is present in most if not all animals?
As a pet owner, I tend to agree, however, I've read about this before and there has always been a distinction between self-aware emotions and reactionary emotions based on empathy or reward. IE - is your dog really happy to see you when you come in, or is it just that his instincts tell him to behave that way so you'll give him treats?

If this research leads to stricter animal cruelty laws and clamps down further on puppy mills, its money well spent IMO.

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