Animal personhood

All human societies give personhood to humans but might disagree, for each individual, about when it begins and ends. In addition, some think that some animals, other than us, are persons and should be given respect and appropriate rights. Certainly apes, chimps, whales, and elephants have individuality, are self-consciousness, and are able to plan their actions and communicate with each other, so they should have personhood. No one claims that worms and shrimps are persons, but many claim that fish have feelings. Humans who love dogs think dogs should have personhood, but might have less sympathy for cats and the humans who love them. Is it a matter of how you feel, whether an animal belongs to you or is simply in your care? When we love, we must take care not to simply project our feelings onto others, human or otherwise.