Wired Science has news on how mice show pain on their faces, just like humans… not really surprising. Here’s a quote from the article:
â€œIt suits us to think that animals donâ€™t have a real depth of feeling or emotion, so itâ€™s OK to treat them badly,â€ Williams said. â€œFarming practices arenâ€™t very sensitive to animalsâ€™ feelings. Itâ€™s convenient to just hope they arenâ€™t feeling these things.â€
Yes — “insensitive” is an understatement. However, conditions are far better for animals on small family farms than they are in industrial meat operations. If you’re going to eat meat, buy from a small supplier if you can.