Anonymous asked, "I don't understand why people get all bent out of shape for anthromorphism. We truly do not understand the scope of these animals and their intelligence, but we know that they are developed enough to have documented mental disorders that are extremely close to human ones. Is that not evidence enough to recognize they are in a different class than other animals we keep?"
The largest problem with anthropomorphism, and why even acknowledging any kind of emotion in animals used to be such a major taboo in the scientific community, is that it is wrong to assume animals think the same way humans do.
And really, the similarities between animals and people shouldn’t need to be a big reasoning for the importance of an animals own interests and significance.