Scientific Evidence on Animal Feelings to be Presented at London
evidence for how animals use body language and psychic awareness
in World Farming (CIWF) Trust is hosting a controversial scientific
conference in London this Saturday 10 May on the subject of animal
awareness, emotions and intentions.
conference, Understanding Animals, is designed to provoke debate
into how much animals' feelings and emotional states should be considered
in today's culture.
academic speakers from Oxford, Bristol, Lancaster, London and Edinburgh
Universities, and the Scottish Agricultural College, the conference
will explore animals' inner feelings and motivations and raise questions
about society's treatment of animals.
among the speakers will be Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder (Scottish Agricultural
College) who will discuss animal body language and will be exploring
the psycho-physical nature of animals, and Dr Rupert Sheldrake who
will be exploring the scientific evidence for the unexplained perceptive
powers of animals.
Jacky Turner, CIWF Trust Research Director, said "The subject
of animal sentience is particularly relevant since society relies
upon animals for food, companionship, entertainment and service.
We have an obligation to understand more about their feelings and
thoughts to ensure we are not abusing our position as the more dominant
conference follows last week's major revelations by the Royal Society
that fish feel pain - a finding that will have an impact on the
way fish are treated for farming and sport.
conference is accompanied by a new report on Farm Animal Sentience
and an original web site totally focussed on animal sentience,
both published by CIWF Trust.