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Dr. Jonathan Balcombe - Lecture: Beastly Bliss -Animal Pleasure and its Significance

Dr. Jonathan Balcombe - Lecture: Beastly Bliss -Animal Pleasure and its Significance

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Lecture: Beastly Bliss -Animal Pleasure and its Significance
Animals’ capacity for pain and suffering has, quite rightly, been central to rising moral protests against humans’ abysmal record of animal abuse and exploitation, but very little attention has been given to animals’ capacity for pleasure. This lavishly illustrated presentation shows how central the desire for reward is to animals’ lives, and debunks the popular perception that life for wild animals is a continuous, grim struggle for survival. There are many sources of pleasure in animals’ lives, including food, play, touch, sex, comfort, companionship, love, beauty, and freedom. Animals are not just pain-avoiders, but active pleasure-seekers, and their lives take on intrinsic value. The moral implications are profound.