Notes from a small dog: The dotted line…

I am an animal. Therefore, I am not sentient…

I have no emotions.

I do not feel happiness…

… joy…

… or fear.

I have no curiosity, because I am not a sentient being.

I have no understanding of the finer emotions, like gentleness, or sharing.

No understanding of wonder, excitement…

…or hope.

I do not suffer when I am ill.

I need no comforting…

I cannot laugh…

…or be bored…

…and I have no sense of humour.

I feel no guilt…because I am not conscious of wrongdoing…

…and I cannot feel love.

My two-legs disagrees.

Under the current EU laws, animal sentience, and the existence of their feelings, is recognised and must be taken into full account as new laws and rulings are passed.

The UK government have quietly voted to exclude animal sentience from the laws being passed to define our nation as we leave the EU. Although the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 does offer some protection to domestic animals, it does not mention animal sentience, nor does it protect wild animals or those in laboratories from abuse..

There are many things wrong in the world today, affecting every level of society. Animals have only the voice we give them and humans are animals too.

There are a number of petitions being run to request the UK government to reconsider this decision. You can find one here on the 38 Degrees website.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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138 Responses to Notes from a small dog: The dotted line…

  1. Bill Chance says:

    Really nice post – love the photo of the dog in the snow.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Ritu says:

    Of course they have feelings! They are living beings!!

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  3. Fandango says:

    You’ve captured in your photos everything anyone would need to see in order to be sure that dogs are sentient beings.

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  4. My non-sentient dogs are entirely on your side. We have the same issues nationally, though our state has better laws. In the states, how we treat animals is a local issue, so you need to be careful where you settle if you want to protect your creatures. I get so tired of humans and our arrogance. The human race exhausts me.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      We should remember that humans are animals too… I sometimes wonder if our alleged superiority is only because we understand ourselves better than we understand other species… I can’t help thinking of Douglas Adams’ definition of the difference between humn and dolphins.

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  5. Michael says:

    Perfect post. Signed.

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  6. Great response to a hateful decision, Sue. Tink will be ringing in ere long as well.

    JUST IN CASE a bit of “scientific evidence” of animal emotion is needed, the recently deceased Jaak Panksepp, the father of Affective Neuroscience, “pioneered” the neuro-scientific underpinnings of both human **AND** animal emotional responses.

    He has written a fascinating book with a slightly daunting title, ‘The Archaeology of Mind: 
Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion’ – the results of his cruelty-free animal experiments that led to identifying what he calls the seven networks of emotion in the brain: SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC/GRIEF, and PLAY.

    He says he uses all caps because these networks are “so fundamental that they have similar functions across species, from people to cats to rats.”

    NOT that the idiot politicians who voted recently would be able to digest science if force-fed with a funnel, anyone else interested in the “cliff notes” can find them by searching for [Is Activation “Seeking System” Dependent?] on my blog – an article written in waaay back in April, 2014.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I cannot believe this step backwards that opens the door to so much possible commercial abuse.

      There is now ust so much evidence to support the findings of sentience, even as we define it scientifically, let alone as we know it from personal interaction!

      I may know more about the research into dogs than many other species… for fairly obvious reasons…but I have met enough other species to be certain in my own mind that these are sentient beings.

      I have written before about the research conducted by Prof. Gregory Berns that used MRI, without restraint or drugs, to watch emotion in dogs’ brains and see how it compares to the human ‘benchmark’. There was a study
      by the universities of Lincoln and Sao Paulo that demonstrated a dog’s ability to read complex human emotions, the first time this has been observed -cross species except in primates. There is very littleroom for denial, but those making money will always find room… xx

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  7. davidprosser says:

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Ani. There’s no doubt animals are sentient.
    xx Massive Hugs xxx

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  8. KL Caley says:

    That is a terrible decision! Great Post – displaying just how wide and varied and complicated animals are… Signed! KL ❤

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  9. jenanita01 says:

    Your lovely post is proof positive, if it were needed, that the people who run our country, shouldn’t be… I love the photo of Ani looking out of the window! She would make the perfect ambassador for this cause…I defy anyone to meet her and believe all that rubbish!
    (and that goes for all our furry friends too!)

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      There are so many pictures I could have used… too many to choose from…all of them showing a sentient being eploring, enjoying and questioning her world. I love the pair of pictures where she gave the bay her best half-chewed and defluffed ball…so very gently and carefully… then retired to the door to watch him play…and wait for him to throw it 🙂
      I could have written (again) about how she knows which side of Nick works and which doesn’t… and how she plays with him so gently, while his brother is squashed, jumped on and played with with gusto.
      If this is not a sentient being, then I am not one either.

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  10. I was appalled when I heard about this stupidity from our unfeeling politicians (maybe THEY are not the Sentient ones) – I’ve signed the petition and shared on Twitter & Facebook, Sue – I’ll reblog this post a little later today…

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  11. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    UK CITIZENS – PLEASE BE AWARE:
    Under the current EU laws, animal sentience, and the existence of their feelings, is recognised and must be taken into full account as new laws and rulings are passed.
    The UK government have QUIETLY VOTED to EXCLUDE animal sentience from the laws being passed to define our nation as we leave the EU.
    Although the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 does offer SOME protection to domestic animals, it does not mention animal sentience, nor does it protect wild animals or those in laboratories from abuse..
    There are many things wrong in the world today, affecting every level of society, but Animals have ONLY the voice WE give them (and please don’t forget that humans are animals too).
    There are a number of petitions being run to request the UK government to reconsider this decision.
    Sue and Ani have provided a link to one, at the end of their post.
    Please sign the petition, and share / reblog Sue and Ani’s original blog post.
    THANK YOU…

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  12. Beautiful photos for a very sad case. I will vote against this, even I don’t live in UK. Animals are living and loving beings, just like us.

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  13. I did sign, but needed to find a legal post code inside UK, before they would accept my vote.

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  14. Ani, you are so lovely. Dont look at the humans, live your own life. 😉

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  15. Animals ARE sentient creatures! They are even a lot better of many hundred thousand or more humans… Animals never turn you their back… and the reason because I DO protect them, is because I believe that we all have to care for them, and I want to give the example! :-)claudine

    PS. these are such beautiful pictures….

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  16. Mary Smith says:

    Thanks for highlighting this, Sue. Off to sign the petition.

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  17. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    Reblogging this as a lot of my readers are dog lovers.

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  18. bobcabkings says:

    “Definition of sentience
    1 : a sentient quality or state
    2 : feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought”

    I think that leaves no room for doubt, Ani. You are a sentient being and Parliament needs to get a clue about that.

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  19. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Sue and Ani have a difference of opinion with the current UK Govt., and wonderful photos to prove their point.

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  20. Scottie says:

    Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    I have readers and viewers all over the world it seems. This is a great post and clearly show the feelings of animals and the reasons we humans bond with them. There is no need to be cruel, even for animals we wouldn’t normally consider, like food animals. They live also which means they feel. Be well. Hugs

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  21. Reblogged this on Not Tomatoes and commented:
    Please sign the petition or another one like it:

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  22. I wonder how long it’ll be before the government decides humans aren’t sentient. Apart from the rich and powerful ones, of course – there’s always some loophole for them.

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  23. I so hope this is overturned. It is a shocking decision.

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  24. Nan says:

    Excellent post — and the captions were perfect! Hoping your government gets over its stupidity.

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  25. Reblogged this on The Literate Lurcher and commented:
    I know we’ve reblogged you recently. Ani, but you talk so much sense! We dogs are appalled by the human government’s decision that animals don’t have feelings, and your post speaks for all of us. We hope our readers will visit your blog, leave a comment and sign the petition.

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  26. Thank you for sharing this, how can anyone have faith in politicians who voted for this?

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  27. A very powerful post, Sue. I hope the petitions are successful.

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  28. Excellent montage. Well done both of you.
    Says it all about this government, does it not?

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  29. herongrace says:

    Fabulous photos, such a beautiful dog. Boy those laws need an overhaul.
    I am a passionate defender and protector of the wildlife here on my property and feel overwhelmed at times that the only voice animals have to state their case is ours.

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  30. Tina Frisco says:

    Sue, I would sign this in a heartbeat if I lived in the UK (it wouldn’t accept my U.S. postal code). But I’ve shared across my social network pages. We humans are supposed to be the stewards of Mother Earth, not the annihilators ❤

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  31. dgkaye says:

    Great narration from Ani, who has no feelings . . . ya right! What the heck is the matter with the people in this world????? You go Ani!!! ❤

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  32. Widdershins says:

    Dear Small Dog, herewith be my feelings about such humans who did this … pbhthththehthth! (giant raspberry) … and this %$#$@&%#@^%#@# (lots of swearing)

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  33. macjam47 says:

    A great post, Sue. I hope the people of the UK will be able to convince the lawmakers into changing their minds. Ani told the story perfectly.

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  34. Adele Marie says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Sue Vincents heartfelt plea to you all to sign the petition to push some sense into our government who have lost the plot.

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  35. Adele Marie says:

    I have signed and shared the petition at 38o I am so angry and sad, I can’t believe what they have done. Hopefully, the voice of the people will reverse this travesty. Praying that it does. xxx

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  36. trentpmcd says:

    Ani expresses herself better than most people… I think some people in some governments are not sentient beings.

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  37. I will definitely be signing!

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  38. Sometimes I think that animals are much more sentient than we humans.

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  39. memadtwo says:

    I think as far as our governments are concerned, most of us are non-sentient.
    Trump is the first president not to have shared his life with animals in my memory. I cannot even imagine it. Of course I would definitely exclude him from humanity…(K)

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  40. Well, I guess Ani showed them. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  41. Your post is a tribute to their sentience. Well done!

    And your government quietly passing that legislation. Oh my. They were sneaky about it because they knew there would be a lot of disagreement. Good luck with your petition – I’m rooting for you.

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  42. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    If there is one post that you as an animal lover should read today it is this one. From Sue Vincent and the little black dog Ani… you will get it without me explaining anything.. #recommended

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  43. barbtaub says:

    Reblogged this on Barb Taub and commented:
    No words needed.

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  44. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Nice Photos of Ani, they speak volumes about animals feelings.

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  45. olganm says:

    Signed. Thanks, Ani and Sue.

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  46. Reblogged this on Its good to be crazy Sometimes and commented:
    I know I am late to this one, but I debated whether to post this, as the wording of the bill is a little squiffy, however, having about as much trust in this government as making tea in a chocolate teapot, I don’t think they will do anything to change it and this will be another thing that goes under the radar.

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  47. Just to add, the human species is belonging biologically to the socalled “Greater Apes” like the orang-utans, gorillas or chimpanzees. Most people forget and ignore this fact, and that is the destructive “rational” way nature in general is treated all around the world.

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