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Do animals experience emotions? If so, do they experience emotions in the same way as humans?
Anyone who has had a pet or been around animals for any length of time knows that animals have emotions. They are, after all, just another species and, in many different sizes and shapes, much like humans. If you have seen the face on your dog as you are heading out to work, you see sadness. Just the opposite when you return. All animals have their own way of expressing their emotions, often in a language which we cannot yet understand. Only humans are so arrogant to think that if they do not understand another species’ language then it is not really there, not really a language.
I think we, as a society, are taking steps towards recognizing the emotions of animals, but we still have a long way to go.