Dogs, Jealousy and the New Speciesism
The recent experiment interpreted by mainstream science to support the notion that dogs experience jealousy brings a new and especially pernicious form of speciesism to the forefront. The old form of speciesism was considering human beings as a superior form of life and therefore humane treatment need not be extended to lower forms of life since they lack the necessary cognitive, emotional and moral capacities to merit it. The new form is its inverse, animals are loving, intelligent and adaptive WHEN they think like humans, in kind, varying only by degree. Because dogs think like humans is the main reason they should be extended compassionate treatment. Being human remains the superior way of being.
My argument is that the intelligence, lovingness and adaptability of dogs is not a function of human thinking, that they differ in kind in the capacity to compare one moment to another, one point of view to another, and we need not require the projection of human thoughts into the minds of animals in order to extend our good graces their way because their emotional form of consciousness is worthy in its own right.