at 1 Jun 2006: 19:34
"The need for the human definition of 'consent' is completely besides the point in any relationship, sexual or non-sexual, with an animal. There is the need that the animal understands you, that you understand the animal, that you make absolutely sure you understand what the animal is meaning, when they show what they want or do not want, and that you respect what they are showing."
Exactly. Animals operate within a certain sphere of intelect and knowlege, which is much smaller than the sphere in which a human operates. The concept of consent or informed consent is too complex for them to understand, thus, it cannot possibly be a relivant concept to them. Animals operate in terms that are much more simple and direct that that. With them, it is either "I like this", "I don't like this" and "I don't care either way". Persuit shows desire, aversion shows dislike, and lack of reaction shows apathy.