Reference to animal emotions on classic TV show

I love the classic TV shows and find myself watching the TV Land network more than any other single channel.

A recent episode of the Andy Griffith Show included an interesting line concerning emotion in animals. When I heard it, I thought to myself, “If we were at a point in the 1960s when people were referencing this sort of knowledge, why are we not further along in the animal welfare movement, some four decades later?”

The basic plot was that a horse was upset after he was taken off his milk-delivery route, to be replaced by a truck. At one point, Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee called on a doctor to check on the horse, who was not eating.

When Aunt Bee suggested he was sad because he missed his guardian, the doctor said, “Horses can get emotionally upset just like people.”


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