Which animal feels the most?

If an animal is sentient, it means it can experience feelings like joy and pain. The Animal Sentience Bill currently only covers animals with backbones. So this might suggest that some animals can feel more than others.

Have a go at the activity below to show what you think about this. Do some animals feel more than others, and if so, which ones?

Done the activity? Add your comments below to explain:

  • Which animal you think feels the most.
  • Which animal you think feels the least
  • Which animal it was hardest to decide about?

Remember to explain using the word "because"!

Comments (16)

  • British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Sep 2021

    The dog is the most sensitive and unforgettable animal. His friend, no matter what, and there is an article The dog is the friend of man. The dog is one of the most faithful creatures, where man and dog have been close friends for thousands of years. Dogs are distinguished by intelligence and sincerity, and some consider them to be more honest than humans, because they offer unrequited love. They have feelings that many people do not have.
    The mouse has less sense because it eats all people's food. This indicates that it has no feelings or sensations. I say there is only a little sense when another mouse dies, carrying it and treating it according to scientific sources, i.e. fear and pain.
    A recent study stated that the feeling of pain or its analgesia, as well as the feeling of fear, may apply between mice to each other. This is by way of neural projections that the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain in pain-stricken mice sends to the nucleus accumbens - an area of ​​the brain responsible for rewards - in other mice.
    Starfish Because I do not know much about him, but rather a little, and in the case of a starfish animal feeling fear and danger, it has the ability to separate its arms, so that it can escape from the enemies, and then new arms are formed for it again.

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  • skillful_theory | WISDOM CONSULTANCY | Turkey
    28 Sep 2021

    I think that we can't judge how much a certain animal feels. For example, a dog may feel a load of happiness, but perhaps a cat may feel more sadness than a dog can. I think this because we aren't animals. We can barely understand what our fellow humans feel. So perhaps they (animals) may feel, but even if they did feel, one of them may feel a specific emotion more strongly than another. We shouldn't, and we can't, without more research at least, confirm things about animals feelings, because every feeling has its own way of operating and its own way of showing, so we cannot classify which animal feels the most & which feels the least.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      skillful_theory's comment 29 Sep 2021

      This comment really made me think, well done! You managed to explain a difficult concept very clearly, so I have awarded you with a star for your speaking skills.

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  • British Council.jpg loved_vegetable | El Rafie A | Egypt
    29 Sep 2021

    All animals have feelings, no matter how big or small, such as a fox, if its wife dies, does not get married, and dogs, if its owner dies, remain sad until they die. Like that famous Hachiko dog. One person owned a dog, Hachiko, and whenever he went to work, the dog waited for him at the station until he returned. One day when the dog's owner went to work, he died, but the dog waited for him until many at the station tried to get away, but he did not. He waited many years to die, but the station made a statue of him to express the devotion of the dog to its owner. This is how animals grieve and rejoice and have more sense than humans, even though they don't have a mind.

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  • patient_flower | WISDOM CONSULTANCY | Turkey
    01 Oct 2021

    I think that like humans every animal has different feelings because like human,some dogs get happy when they meet new people,like humans can get shy or they want to meet a new person.I think that we should not say people and animals have different feelings because some of their feelings can be the same, and sometimes they don’t but animals and human still have the same feelings sometimes some people are quiet some are happy and it is also the same with animals.

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  • Cheam Fields logo articulate_rock | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Oct 2021

    I think the monkey feels the most beacuse all the trees are getting chopped down so it would have nowhere to live.
    I think the dog feels the least because it is a pet and gets looked after so it would feel like it was well lokked after.
    To me it was very hard to decide because we shoiuld not judje animals and they all have feelings.

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  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    In the wild, hurt animals nurse their wounds, make noises to show distress, and even become reclusive.The belief that other animals do not feel pain like humans do is patently absurd. This is probably a form of denial to allow hunters not to feel guilt or remorse from taking another’s life. I think horses are the most animals who feels and they are loyal to their owener .elephants are also sensitive animals .I think feelings differ from one animal to another .we can't just make a generalization that all animals feel the same .as human beings are different in acting when they are happy ,some if them cry .some give abig smile ,shout .and jump ,and some could give you a cold shoulder as if he is not happy ,so that we cannot judge .

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    There is no scientific consensus on the emotion of animals and about what emotions certain groups of animals, including humans, feel. It is difficult to answer this question because animals do not speak. Society recognizes that animals feel pain, as is evident from the criminalization of cruelty to animals. Animals express pleasure a vague expression, while they can simply depict their innate emotion or response

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    I wrote a comment but there was a spelling problem I hope you don't give that any important

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      versatile_satsuma's comment 06 Oct 2021

      Don't worry versatile_satsuma - we don't worry about spelling mistakes. To us, the quality of your idea and the way you explain it are the most important things.

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  • patient_flower | WISDOM CONSULTANCY | Turkey
    11 Oct 2021

    I think it is very unfair for Chinese people age under 18 can only play games at 8-9pm because it is good they lowered it to one hour but they should be able to play at whatever time they want to play at

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  • British Council.jpg practical_seal | El Rafie A | Egypt
    28 Oct 2021

    I think the dog is the most sensitive animal as it's a loyal animal when it finds care , love and nice treatment it can be as a friend for man it defends for man against any danger threatens him.
    I think the snake is the least sensitive animal as it's very dangerous and doesn't have any feelings or mercy for example it searches for chicken's babies as they eat them since they are in their eggs without any sense.
    It was difficult for me to decide about the rhino and it's unfortunate that it's about to extinct.

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  • British Council.jpg focused_otter | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Nov 2021

    I think we can't judge how much any animal feels because a dog can be very happy but a cat may feel more sad than a dog does.
    One person may feel a certain emotion that is stronger than the other.
    We can hardly understand what our fellow human beings feel, but we cannot understand what animals feel I think because we are not animals.

    Therefore, we should not judge the extent of the feeling of any animal, and of course we cannot understand what the animal feels, so we cannot judge the extent of the feeling of any animal because the feeling differs from one animal to another.
    Perhaps this animal is sad and this animal feels great happiness and this animal feels more sadness than the animals feel from joy or sadness.
    Therefore, we cannot judge the extent of the feeling of any animal.
    Thus we cannot know who feels more and who feels less because the feelings of this animal are different from the feelings of this animal.

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  • British Council.jpg entrepreneurial_guitar | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    05 Nov 2021

    I imagine that we can't judge how much a specific creature feels. For instance, a canine might feel a heap of satisfaction, however maybe a feline might feel more trouble than a canine can. I think this since we aren't creatures. We can scarcely get what our kindred people feel. So maybe they (creatures) may feel, yet regardless of whether they feel, one of them might feel a particular feeling more firmly than another. We shouldn't, and we can't, without more exploration in any event, affirm things about creatures sentiments, on the grounds that each feeling has its own specific manner of working and its own specific manner of appearing, so we can't order which creature feels the most and which feels the least.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg diplomatic_avocado | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Nov 2021

    I believe that octopuses feel the most, not only sad and happy but self-mischief, they can also be bullys for no reason.

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