Nonhuman animals experience thoughts and feelings just as human animals do. While we may not ever be able to truly know exactly what is happening in their heads, we must recognize that there IS something happening. Then, using critical thinking, we must determine what changes are necessary in order to better share the world with our thinking, feeling animal neighbors.
Ecologist and conservationist Carl Safina tells stories of the inner lives of nonhuman animals and why they are incredibly important to consider.
It is evident in Safina's talk that something must be done about how humans continue to ignore the mental capabilities of nonhuman animals. This is where humane education comes in.
Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, passionately describes her solution to many (if not all) of the problems this world faces in another inspiring TED Talk.
Both Safina and Weil's talks have truly inspired me, and I hope they do the same for you!