Thursday, July 26, 2007

Further evidence that animals are superior to humans

Or, at the very fuckin' least, that we should learn from them rather than abusing them: cat which senses imminent death. Sadly, neither the quoted doctors nor CNN author seem to get the full implications:

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advance warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.No one's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him.

Well, that's bullshit right there, as elsewhere in the article empirical evidence shows that Oscar can assess nurses' inaccurate predictions of imminent decease, and can predict decease even when the nurses aren't able.

What nobody seems to have commented on is something that every pet owner who's lost an animal knows: that many domestic pets, and especially felines, know when their own decease is imminent, and will begin to purr loudly, just before they fail.

Animals know things that humans have forgotten. They can ease suffering and death. We should learn from them.

Not torture them.

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