What about animals? Do they have souls? Pet's in particular.

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Jenny - posted on 09/17/2011

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Yes, what made the jump between them and us having souls? That can't really be an evolutionary jump can it? Either we don't have souls either, or there must be some reason we do?

Minnie - posted on 09/17/2011

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I do believe they have their own version of emotions. I'm not going to anthropomorphise them, but I know some birds like eagles or macaws sometimes commit suicide after a mate dies and you know how cats are when they're best buddies and are separated, crying for the other all over the house.

But I don't believe they have souls.

Now here's another- if animals don't feel human emotions where's the stop between human and bonobo (similar to the chimpanzee) our closest cousin? If animals don't have souls do these higher primates have souls? They're so close to us.

Tara - posted on 09/17/2011

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No I don't think so.
But love is subjective.
Animals apparently don't feel emotion, which I think is true but also false. They don't feel human emotions perhaps but I do think they feel a kind of fear, sadness and joy in their own animal like way.

Minnie - posted on 09/17/2011

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Now here's the kicker: do only the ones we deem furry and cute have souls or do sugar ants, gnats, mosquitoes, how about toads, lobsters, do they have souls? Are they not animals?

Mary - posted on 09/17/2011

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Not a doubt in my mind that my dogs have souls, and they are more capable and willing to love than most of humanity.

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It is up to each individual what they believe. However, I personally believe that all living things have a soul.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/16/2011

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There must be something, a spirit or something. When my dog died, it was very clear to me that she was gone, even though her body was still there. How could she be just a collection of electrical impulses and instinct? It doesn't make sense to me.

A soul, I don't know. I mean, animals don't have to choose the good like people do, they're just animals. At the same time, they're not like plants or something, where it's just insentient.

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