Are wild animals emotional?

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Studies are always ongoing on how animals deal with certain situations, especially with animal rights being on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Whether you agree with vegetarians, vegans, animal rights campaigners, or anyone else dealing with the war on animals right now, one thing remains true. An animal must not suffer in a bid to make the human world a better one.

Rats are often killed with traps, and some homeowners even resort to desperate measures such as poison to resolve a rodent infestation. The poison is not a humane approach, because it causes a long and painful death. In some cases, it doesn’t even cause death at all, and it NEVER works as fast as it says it will on the packet. These rats won’t go outside to die. They will eat some of the poison, start to become rather unwell, will return to their nesting point, which will usually be somewhere deep, dark and dingy in your home, and then they will curl up to die. You will then have a rat body to find and dispose of.

It’s really not humane, and neither are glue traps, which can often result in the rodent chewing off its own leg in a bid to break free. Snap traps are considered to be the most humane approach, because it deals with the animal humanely, quickly, and immediately.

Rats have been shown to be very emotional creatures, experiencing pain as well as real emotions — sorrow, joy, sadness, etc. If two rats become friends and then you remove one of them, the other rat will become very sad and will often pine for its long lost friend. These are highly sociable creatures, and they’re quite intelligent too. Much more intelligent than most homeowners give them credit for, which is quite funny when you consider that they often outsmart humans. Despite being shown to have a full spectrum of emotions, very similar to human emotions, beauty companies still choose to test on animals, and medicine companies do too. In some cases, these animals are experimented on without anesthetic.

Wild animals, even rats, have emotions. We should remember that from time to time, as we are trying to shoo them from our property. They’re just looking for a home. If you don’t know the right and humane way to deal with the removal of a wild animal, give the professionals a call.

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