Animals Have Feelings, According to a Primatologist

Humans aren't that special. Primatologist Frans de Waal says animals are capable of feeling empathy, too. 🐵❤️

Some of the theories still face strong resistance.

For over 40 years, primatologist Frans de Waal has been debunking myths about differences between animals and humans. Animals emotions have long been ignored. But he says our emotions are more similar than we think — beginning with empathy. Studies show that primates have a similar sense of fairness. He believes the roots of morality are seen in the social behavior of monkeys and apes.

“What we should learn is that we are primates, we are not different really, we have bigger brains, we have no different brains. There's nothing in our brain that is not in a chimpanzee brain. Our need for social relationships, our need for affection and love, our ways of we resolve conflict between each other, all these things are extremely similar. The chimpanzee communicates all these shades of emotion that we have but we don't always see that. I noticed that for example chimpanzees have one chimpanzee has lost a fight, others will go over and embrace them and kiss them and try to calm them down. People didn't want to hear about empathy in animals. If animals kill each other we want to hear about that, because that's what animals are supposed to do, but empathy was not part of the concept that people had about animals.”

His research into the innate capacity for empathy among primates has led De Waal to the conclusion that non-human great apes and humans are simply different types of apes, and that empathic and cooperative tendencies are continuous between these species. The idea behind the animal origins of human characteristics was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1872. Some of the theories still face strong resistance. Often criticized for “anthropomorphism” — the attribution of human characteristics to animals — de Waal has shed light on the negative effects of denying this — or “anthropodenial.”


08/10/2019 6:02 PM


  • Chris V.
    08/31/2019 08:15

    Ο αγαπημένος μας πρωτευοντολογος, μου 😊

  • Sabina S.
    08/31/2019 01:05

    People who want to deny that animals have feelings, need to see the video of the dog, who kept coming back to his owner's grave and watched over it for a long time. People who have loving pets, k n o w that animals are often more loyal than other people.

  • Herschel T.
    08/30/2019 14:35

    "The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different." (Hippocrates)

  • Alexandra G.
    08/30/2019 13:27

    Limitarse a las funciones primarias comparables es sublimizar al animal y limitar nuestras capacidades y nuestra esencia creativa y trascendental como seres humanos. Que ha creado el chimpancé? Donde están esas muestras de su creatividad artística en la historia? No debemos conformarnos,sino aceptar con humildad nuestro llamado a superarnos cada día más por el bien común.

  • Hussein M.
    08/28/2019 20:43


  • Agha S.
    08/28/2019 13:45

    Modi ka Bap parashan ha k Harami Hindu Baghariat Lanati kia kr raha ha

  • Mike T.
    08/27/2019 11:06

    There must be some differences!!!

  • Alfredo S.
    08/27/2019 01:31


  • Amir S.
    08/26/2019 02:57

    They were humans

  • هجرتك ح.
    08/25/2019 19:20

    سبحان الله

  • Amina S.
    08/25/2019 18:52

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  • Lucia P.
    08/25/2019 04:34

    Son increíbles.

  • Frances C.
    08/25/2019 01:52

    Animals don't have highly structured coding systems: languuage. That's why there are no intraspecies WARS in the animal kingdom.

  • Julie T.
    08/24/2019 07:59

    Another major difference, they don’t put other species in cages!

  • Sirna P.
    08/24/2019 00:32

    i'am/ us. failed product of nature

  • Cemile Ö.
    08/23/2019 08:32

    Anne. nin hayvanı insanı olmaz anne anne dir

  • Zecksyy Z.
    08/23/2019 06:13


  • Razali R.
    08/23/2019 00:57

    Qefvncnm .kigjgvngj go o be mbk

  • Diasyb B.
    08/22/2019 15:20

    Awwwn sweet

  • محمد ج.
    08/22/2019 11:26

    ابو نمر الباشا

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