- Humans routinely breed past the food supply. Most animals are too smart to do this.
- Animals cannot damage the water table. Humans are doing this all over the world even as you read this.
- No animal is ever a hypocrite.
- A cat doesn't care if another cat is black or white, so along as she catches mice.
- You can also trust your cat concerning most of the above examples as long as you realize: Dogs have owners; cats have staff.
- An animal knows when she is dying. However, she does not carry around the notion of her individual death. This, I believe, is the true gap between us and other sentient creatures. It is the root of our discontent, denial and search for escape.
- Animals remember. They have some concept of the simple past, but they live triumphantly in the present. Few of us do.
- Most animals have a sense of humor. Horses seem to have a highly developed one. Humans routinely deny this until they find themselves the butt of the joke.
These are just a few wise observations in the article. Read the rest at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/11/02/animals.rita.brown/index.html.
CNN Editors Note: Rita Mae Brown is a novelist, a gay rights and feminist pioneer, a writer of two mystery series and an animal lover. She is an avid horse rider and lives on a farm in Virginia with cats, house dogs and a pack of fox hounds. Her latest book is "Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small."