MOURN­ING THE DEAD: NOT UNIQUELY HU­MAN An­i­mals grieve, too!

Animal Scene - - ADVOCATE - A wild Jackal in Africa is griev­ing the death of his spring­bok friend. By ROX­ANNE LI­BA­TIQUE

There is no deny­ing that an­i­mals have feel­ings. It has been proven in many stud­ies that just like us, an­i­mals do have a va­ri­ety of feel­ings, sor­row be­ing one of them. They are also sen­tient be­ings, af­ter all, and grief is a nat­u­ral re­sponse to loss among sen­tient be­ings.

Barry Yeo­man re­ported in his 2018 ar­ti­cle for The Na­tional Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion that an­i­mals some­times be­come so heart­bro­ken that grief even­tu­ally leads to their death.

Since I be­came a ve­gan, I have seen countless of pic­tures and videos of an­i­mals suf­fer­ing, usu­ally at the hands of hu­mans. But one that I could never for­get is a cow who seems to be scream­ing in an­guish while her life­less calf lies in front of her. It re­minded me of par­ents weep­ing af­ter see­ing the life­less body of their child for the first time.

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