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Not exactly on the topic of this group, but still quite relevant to many considerations of how we should apply our understanding of humans to other animals, and vice versa.  The article from the June 10, 2012 New York Times provides a lengthy and interesting discussion of illnesses that are shared by humans and other animals, from heart disease, diabetes and cancer to addiction and self-harming.

This discussion shows once again how mistaken many views that see human nature as unique and separate from that of other animals actually are, and recognizing the common features of human and non-human animal experience can probably help to consider the ethical implications of our judgements about non-human animals and our actions that affect them.

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