Sometimes, even I am astonished at the obstuseness of science.
Seems the attendees of the Francis Crick Memorial Conference concluded in July that -- wait for it -- animals are conscious beings, just like humans.
No doubt, the discovery that we breathe oxygen is right around the corner.
-- Full text of the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness.
-- Mark Bekoff responds.
-- Michael Mountain responds.
Parting thought: I make light of this, but it's actually an important step. The life science community as has been collectively avoiding this elephant in the room for decades, arguably since Darwin published The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals. For the animals' sake, I hope the implications of this evolutionarily-obvious meme begin to work on lab researchers and foodies alike, like, yesterday.