Do Animals Cry Emotionally?

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Many of you were moved last week by the story of the baby elephant who cried when he was separated from his mother after she violently rejected him. It may have compelled some of you to wonder about emotional responses in animals, and which ones cry, and to what extent crying is attached to emotion in animals as it is in us. Marc Bekoff of Psychology Today wondered the same things.

BABY ELEPHANT WEEPS WHEN SEPARATED FROM MOTHER:



After looking into his questions, Bekoff reported that information "supports the view that other animals do cry and weep and that they can be closely associated with various emotions, including (most likely?) sadness and grief that are associated with loss."

Bekoff also explained that although human zookeepers tried to comfort the baby elephant, they couldn't replace the natural "contact comfort" between mother and child - hence the calf's five-hour crying jag.

Bekoff points out that although research suggests that animals do cry and do display emotional responses, there's still a lot more we don't know than we do know, and it's important for more research to be done. We continue to learn all the time that humans and animals are more alike than they are different.

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karen_song

All the more reason that we should be well informed. I feel that we should have the RIGHT to know the atrocities we support by the products we so innocently buy. Faux Fur!!

It's not what you think it is. A trip to Penny's revealed many garments trimmed in Faux Fur and the reason you cannot find what kind of fur it is, is because a garment that retails for under $150.00 does not have to label the kind of fur it is. Indifference is our biggest problem. We must be diligent in doing our homework. Be informed about the soaps, detergents, hair products. The labels must say "Not tested on Animals". to make it easy for you I will share with you what I use. Yardley Soap (Jasmine and English

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Brand name soap; This product is tested on 6 week old kittens and puppies, We clamp their eyelids open where they cannot blink and then we take a scoop utensil and put a scoop
of soap in each eye. So the animals cannot use their feet to fight the suffering pain they are hobbled. these baby animals know nothing else but pain until they go blind or completely loose their eyes. Watching these babies suffer is no less than visiting a chamber of horrors.
Would you buy this product?

Faux Fur: Any product with this label could be made of any of the following skins: Dog fur,
cat fur, rabbits. Many of these animals are skinned alive and may breath and blink for 15 min.or more before they succumb to the brutal skinning. Dogs are lined up in burlap sacks
with only their heads sticking out and sometimes you'll see sacked dogs running across the floor in desperate attempts to to escape their torture but they are eventually caught and skinned alive. Labs, Golden Retrievers, Schnauzers (I saw one little Schnauzer sitting straight up begging for mercy...begging for its life.) If this was on a label would you buy this product? Youtube: China Fur Slaughter, check it out.

Check out the investigation that the US humane society conducted on a container of jackets coming in from China labeled faux fur. You'll be surprised to know what you've been buying and the atrocity that you've been unknowingly supporting.

September 19 2013 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snickers413

I love elephants so much and it breaks my heart to see this baby cry like that. I can't imagine when the mother rejected it, I guess thats part of nature we might not ever understand. But I'm sure the people caring for it will do their best to make him happy again one day. What a sweetheart!

September 18 2013 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Major

Sometimes it seems like an elephant is another form of a human. Sometimes smarter.

September 18 2013 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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