No, I agree that aware does not translate to emotions. The article linked state that they are conscious in the same way that humans are. However, there is a growing body of evidence for true emotion in animals that were once considered to have no emotion. As far as I can tell, insects do not have emotion, but as far as science could tell years ago, neither did cats and dogs.
All animals deserve respect, not just the cute and pretty ones.Without "bugs", we would lose about 1/3 of our food, be nose high in decay, and entire ecosystems (including everything that supports the popular animals!) would collapse.
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