Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


Chapman & Huffman (2018) argue that we should not consider humans as unique or superior to other animals when we have the chance to explore the diversity of the traits of other species. This is a valid and progressive point in our approach to research, but I suggest that an anthropocentric approach can have animal welfare benefits when it helps us perceive other species – especially distantly related ones such as crustaceans – in a human light.

Author Biography

Vanessa Wilson is a guest scientist at the German Primate Centre, Goettingen. She has ten years of research experience with a variety of species, including domestic cats, monkeys and apes. Her research interests include the study of personality, social interactions and socio-emotional perception, and their applications to improving animal welfare. Website