Humans are naturally inclined towards sympathy/empathy for animals. Because, in most instances it makes good sense to acknowledge and appreciate that emotion, we ought to. And we ought to foster the development of those emotions in others by providing safe spaces for each other to express our compassionate natures.
This video can be understood better as part of a series. Others to watch include:
1) Are Humans Naturally Omnivores? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFbyM4...
2) What KIND of Person Are YOU?
Books mentioned in the video:
1) How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
2) When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Ready to go vegan? Here's a link with more links:
Are you vegetarian or vegan? PLEASE make videos. You WILL make a difference. Talk about why you went veg or how to make veg food or share funny stories about veg-related times or talk about philosophy or whatever... just make videos! The more of us who stand up and speak out, the fewer animals die. It's just that simple.
UPDATE: new codified evidence of animal morality now available...
"Prof Marc Bekoff, an ecologist at University of Colorado, Boulder, believes that morals are "hard-wired" into the brains of all mammals and provide the 'social glue' that allow often aggressive and competitive animals to live together in groups."
"He has compiled evidence from around the world that shows how different species of animals appear to have an innate sense of fairness, display empathy and help other animals that are in distress."