According to ktvu.com, researchers have spent the last couple years training dogs to sit still while in MRI scanners so they could get scans of their active brains. Per ktvu.com, “If you sedate an animal, you won’t get a scan of the active brain. So, the scientists had to train the dogs, and when they started getting those scans, they saw amazing activity.” The results revealed that dogs have feelings just like humans do. Dogs feel happiness, love, attachment to other animals and people, and recognize the scent of their human’s. According to KTVU.com, Gregory Berns, a professor of neuro-economics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, says that dogs “have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child,” arguing this makes “we must reconsider their treatment as property.” Legally we need to revise animal laws regarding how animals are treated and punishments for abusing dogs.
According to localtv15.com,
Berns believes this begs a change in the way humans think about dogs, which have long been considered property. Though the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 raised the bar for the treatment of animals, they solidified the view that animals are things — objects that can be disposed of as long as reasonable care is taken to minimize their suffering. He suggest the idea that, since the Supreme Court has already included neuroscientific findings in some cases showing brain imaging to determine whether someone is mature in adolescence, then ‘perhaps someday we may see a case arguing for a dog’s rights based on brain-imaging findings’.
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