the idea that as humans we use over-complex ideals of animal behaviour, sometimes even assuming they have typically 'human' characteristics when instead we should simplify this and assume them as simple animals - nothing more.

LLOYD MORGAN'S CANON: "The lloyd morgan canon has been disputed as abusive to animals due to its claims that treating animals with the respect of humans and as complex beings is wrong when we can just see them as simple creatures."
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