I just read a great blog post on the blog, White Wolf Pack. It is about an international group of prominent scientists that have signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. This declaration proclaims their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are. The list of animals includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.
This is so exciting to me. I have felt this to be true, but there are way too many people that seem to take animals for granted in many ways. If this information is shared more widely, maybe we can start to make a shift in human consciousness regarding our treatment of animals.
This post is very interesting, as well as informational. I highly recommend taking the time to read it.