Are animals as conscious as humans?

Strip Generator is a flexible tool for those of us who want to make cartoons but have no drawing skills ..

This cartoon refers to a report that scientists support ‘the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are’, is important. I’m not entirely sure why. Some people would say that this kind of acknowledgement should make a difference to the way we treat animals … but then we don’t treat other humans all that well. Also consciousness is now that well defined in humans and some scientists assert that it is an illusion .. though what ‘illusion’ can mean in this context must be puzzling and contradictory.