This summary of what sounds an important, significant book confirms much of what I’ve thought and felt about animals since I was a child. Treat them with respect – they’re sentient beings. I may appear slightly eccentric to some, but I often stand still and talk to birds and animals in the wild, to horses, sheep, cows etc in the fields and to cats and dogs in the street.
“The idea that there was an abrupt break in the course of evolution, and that at some point everything was reinvented, is an idea whose time is past. The only major point of contention today is whether animals can think; that’s what we do best, after all.”
In a way this quote summarises the essence of Peter Wohlleben’s important book The Inner Life of Animals: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World. He presents much evidence that the inner life of animals is very much like our own, perhaps except for the thinking faculty.
The evidence is extensive and overwhelming, a combination of scientific research and the personal observations of one who works on the land. For example:
- ravens have a strong sense of right and wrong, and are very intelligent, using their beaks much as we do our hands.They and other species that live in social groups can match…
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