Torture or test of discipline?

United States
November 12, 2010 12:06pm CST
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1109991159920&comments Many of you probably have seen this already but what do you think is this? Would you say it is torture?
2 responses
• United States
16 Nov 10
No this is not torture. Definition of Torture: extreme mental distress; unbearable physical pain; agony; intense feelings of suffering, acute mental or physical pain. The lab got to eat all 32 treats. The Shiba-Inu looked like it got to eat its fill of biscuits, and the chimp seemed to have no problem stealing a banana. If these animals were not rewarded at the end, then I would say there is a case for the argument of torture. As it is, definitely a test of discipline.
• United States
16 Nov 10
So torture has to be extreme before it is considered. Well, good analogy.
• United States
16 Nov 10
By definition, I would tend to agree. However, I think there are varying forms of torture, and many times torture can run to the "non-extreme" end of the scale. In this particular case, I think basing the concept on "limited" understanding of the animals could qualify for the "extreme" part of the definition. But since these guys all got the treats in the end, I think that even their "limited" understanding knew that patience would pay off for them, and they willingly subjected themselves to holding out. I think the definition of "extreme" can vary based on the understanding and mental abilities of the one receiving the "torture".
• Philippines
12 Nov 10
I've seen that. I think that's torture but i'm not sure. Experiments tend to seem like torture to obtain useful information. I'm not sure exactly.