Empathy for prey animals

We can have empathy for prey animals, fundamentally because we too are animals like them in many ways and so can imagine going through their experiences.

We humans were once prey animals to large predators like big cats, wolves, and bears.

We share with prey animals almost all of the physical and mental characteristics animals generally have:

  • desires
    • desire to live
    • desire to avoid pain
  • agency
  • perception
  • thinking
  • feeling

    • fear
  • ability to use language
  • beliefs
  • ability to imagine

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