at 22 Jun 2006: 01:54
Because the only reason people say an animal cannot give consent it seems is because the animal cannot physically speak the word "no." There are those in this thread that cannot understand that other signs, such as growling/backing away/angry stares/biting/etc. can also be a sign that says "I do not give consent"
| No, it's largely about intelligence to understand consent, at least by human definition. If the animal cannot understand or give consent, then one must assume there is none. It may not be true, but until you can find conclusive evidence to the contrary, it's safer.
HOW do you KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that an animal cannot understand consent? IF an animal can show signs of resistance or other non-language based means of saying "no" (WHICH THEY DO, as just described), then it follows that on some level, the animal understands and has the necessary intelligence (which I don't think is all that great of an amount) to exercise consent.