These animals are discriminated against in legislation because their “neurological architecture differs from our own”.
“…What matters, though, is whether that experience entails conscious experience of pleasure and pain. We believe that the evidence is sufficient to show that these animals do experience pleasure and pain.”
State regulators set a quota of 119 wolves out of an estimated statewide population of 1,000, but they issued an unusually high number of permits – 1,548 of them – and allowed hound hunters to participate on the first day, rather than requiring them to wait until the far less efficient rifle hunters and trappers had taken their share.
The result was astounding. After just two and a half days, hunters were already approaching the limit. Before regulators could shut down the hunt, 216 wolves had been killed – overshooting the quota by 83%.
The media is full of stories that bacon and other pig products will disappear from supermarket shelves or will become substantially dearer to buy. I find it curious that the flurry of news outlets have publicised this, seems to be a coordinated campaign against the conditions pigs are reared in