Peoples Trust Toronto – Elite Scientists Sign Declaration Stating Animals Have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Humans – 6-13-16
4 years ago a declaration was signed by a prominent group of scientists known as The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness following their conclusion that animals have conscious understanding, just as we do and to the same degree. This list includes all mammals and birds, along with many other creatures.
I know that some of you may be thinking this is self-evident — I mean, haven’t we known this all along? — but the vast majority of people clearly haven’t reached this understanding. The way we are currently treating animals on a mass scale on this planet speaks to this ignorance. Even though it seems like an obvious acknowledgment for scientists to make, the implications of this statement could truly change the world. The fact that animals are sentient beings can no longer be ignored.
The Declaration Stated The Following:
The field of Consciousness research is rapidly evolving. Abundant new techniques and strategies for human and non-human animal research have been developed. Consequently, more data is becoming readily available, and this calls for a periodic reevaluation of previously held preconceptions in this field.
Studies of non-human animals have shown that homologous brain circuits correlated with conscious experience and perception can be selectively facilitated and disrupted to assess whether they are in fact necessary for those experiences. Moreover, in humans, new non-invasive techniques are readily available to survey the correlates of consciousness.
The neural substrates of emotions do not appear to be confined to cortical structures. In fact, subcortical neural networks aroused during affective states in humans are also critically important for generating emotional behaviors in animals. Artificial arousal of the same brain regions generates corresponding behavior and feeling states in both humans and non-human animals.
Wherever in the brain one evokes instinctual emotional behaviors in non-human animals, many of the ensuing behaviors are consistent with experienced feeling states, including those internal states that are rewarding and punishing. Deep brain stimulation of these systems in humans can also generate similar affective states. Systems associated with affect are concentrated in subcortical regions where neural homologies abound. Young human and nonhuman animals without neocortices retain these brain-mind functions. Furthermore, neural circuits supporting behavioral/electrophysiological states of attentiveness, sleep and decision making appear to have arisen in evolution as early as the invertebrate radiation, being evident in insects and cephalopod mollusks (e.g., octopus).
Birds appear to offer, in their behavior, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy a striking case of parallel evolution of consciousness. Evidence of near human-like levels of consciousness has been most dramatically observed in African grey parrots. Mammalian and avian emotional networks and cognitive microcircuitries appear to be far more homologous than previously thought.
Moreover, certain species of birds have been found to exhibit neural sleep patterns similar to those of mammals, including REM sleep and, as was demonstrated in zebra finches, neurophysiological patterns, previously thought to require a mammalian neocortex. Magpies in particular have been shown to exhibit striking similarities to humans, great apes, dolphins, and elephants in studies of mirror self-recognition.
In humans, the effect of certain hallucinogens appears to be associated with a disruption in cortical feedforward and feedback processing. Pharmacological interventions in non-human animals with compounds known to affect conscious behavior in humans can lead to similar perturbations in behavior in non-human animals. In humans, there is evidence to suggest that awareness is correlated with cortical activity, which does not exclude possible contributions by subcortical or early cortical processing, as in visual awareness.
Evidence that human and nonhuman animal emotional feelings arise from homologous subcortical brain networks provide compelling evidence for evolutionarily shared primal affective qualia.
Other Evidence To Support This Reevaluation
There is a lot of information readily available to us that can fully support this declaration. Take the hugely popular documentary Blackfish, which told the story of the psychological damage suffered by a whale who was kept in captivity for too long and the way he defied and rebelled his captors.
There’s also the story of the pregnant pig that jumped off of a moving truck on her way to the slaughterhouse. And then of course there are the countless animals that are held in captivity to be performers in the circus – their very intelligence makes them ideal for learning so many tricks — even though we all know that elephants and chimpanzees are some of the most sentient animals of all. The infamous KoKo the gorilla, for example, has a vast vocabulary and communicates with us directly.
Other evidence has surfaced that shows how intelligent even ocean dwelling octopi are. In fact they were the only species of their type that were mentioned in this study.
If this declaration were to be taken seriously by government officials and the citizens of the world, we could have a world where no being had to suffer, be forced to do tricks, or held in captivity, all for the sake of human pleasure — the only reason we treat animals in this fashion in the first place.
What Can You Do?
If you agree with the scientists who signed this declaration then you do not need to wait until new laws are passed to help protect animals. You have the power to help change these things right away, and it couldn’t be simpler. Stop supporting these industries that are exploiting animals.
- Don’t buy factory farmed meat and other animal products
- Reduce your overall consumption of animals products
- Don’t go to the circus
- Don’t go to the zoo
- Don’t buy products that have been tested on animals
- Spread the word and help raise awareness about these important issues
It is important for us to recognize that we do have a say in what is going on in the world around us, and only until we believe it will we be able to effectively initiate positive change.
Vía Collective-Evolution http://ift.tt/1PVPJC6
Something In The Way?
There is something about the motoring of a cat’s purr or the wagging of a dog’s tail that brings us a certain comfort and delight. Cat memes and pleas for animals to be rescued and adopted have taken over our social media culture, as well as, stories about animal cruelty around the globe that break our collective hearts. Animals teach us marvelous lessons and offer profound wisdom if we choose to pay attention. Linda Bender’s book illustrates with anecdotes she has collected in a lifetime of loving and working with them, the heart of what animals have taught her. They offer us insights into how to live happily and healthfully and teach us…
How to overcome loneliness by reconnecting with the source of all life
How to face death without fear
How to relax into the mystery of existence
How to live from the heart – the power of love
How to have more fun and joy
Animal Wisdom offers readers:
Cutting-edge research on the “unexplained powers of animals”
18 step-by-step practical ways to enable readers to hone their natural intuitive abilities and engage in interspecies communication
How to care for the Earth – practical tips for What You Can Do to Make a Difference today!
Animal Wisdom is for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the innate loving, spiritual connection we share with animals and the interconnectedness of all life. Pet lovers, animal-rights advocates and conservationists alike will be deeply touched by this heartwarming book. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to From the Heart, which funnels 100% of its profits to charities that directly benefit animals, their care and their habitats
COPYRIGHT © 2015
LILOU PRODUCTIONS, INC
Ascension to higher consciousness is not limited only to humans. Animals are also experiencing ascension.
All of us, whether it be humans or animals, are here on the Earth to evolve our consciousness through soul lessons. We are placed into situations that are specifically tailor made for our soul learning. Once we learn our soul lessons, and our consciousness evolves to a higher level, our energy vibration increases. Once our energy vibration increases enough, we transcend the third dimension entirely, and we ascend to higher consciousness (to the higher dimensions).
A good example of how animals may evolve their consciousness is when a domesticated cat or dog does not want to share its food, bed, toys, etc. with other cats and dogs. When it eventually learns to share, its consciousness evolves to a higher level.
Learning soul lessons and evolving to a higher level of consciousness is not limited only to domesticated animals however. Wild animals are also placed into situations that help them to learn and to evolve their consciousness to a higher level. Interestingly, after spending several hours every day out in nature since July 2008, with wild mallard ducks, many species of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, wild rabbits, and other animals, I have found that the lessons that these animals learn are very similar to the lessons that we as humans often learn or could learn from.
For example, when I first begin to feed each new group of wild mallard ducks, they usually do not want to share their food with each other. They are very territorial in regards to their food. Eventually, they learn to share their food with each other, and they even learn to share their food with other species of animals. It is not uncommon for me to see a group of wild mallard ducks that I feed eventually eating in peace alongside birds, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and even raccoons and snapping turtles. These wild animals evolve their consciousness from that of competing for food to that of sharing it with others and eating in peace.
Not only do these wild animals learn to share their food and to eat alongside one another in peace, but they also learn diversity through eating together. They interact on a daily basis with species of animals that they probably would not interact with otherwise in the wild. Hence, they learn diversity, a valuable lesson that humans also learn when interacting with different races of people and when interacting with people of different cultures.
Animals often learn to love while incarnated on the Earth also. Humans who have domesticated animals experience not only giving love to their furry friends, but they also experience that love greatly reciprocated by their animal companions.
Likewise, even wild stray cats learn to reciprocate love. I found this to be the case when I rescued a cat and her six babies from the street a few years ago. Cats are capable of evolving from being wild to being domesticated if they are nurtured and given love and affection, and they eventually reciprocate love once they evolve beyond fear.
Even wildlife evolves beyond fear and learns to accept love and affection. I have found this to be the case when some of the wild mallard ducks allow me to pet them on their backs as they eat when I place a mitten or a soft glove on my hand. They still keep their wild instinct as a protection mechanism so that they are able to survive in the wild, especially when humans that they do not know come near them or whenever predators are near. However, they do learn to accept the love and affection of the one who nurtures them. When Friends of the family rescued a wild deer, they also found that wild animals learn to accept the love and affection of humans. The deer quickly became a family pet and even enjoyed sleeping with and playing with the family’s dog.
We together, animals and humans, are ascending to higher consciousness. We are ascending beyond a place of competition and fear to a place of peaceful coexistence and love.
Copyright 2015, http://www.beyond3dbooks.com/ascension_and_animals (the website that this article came from)