If Animals lived in a world of symbolic meaning and knowledge we might soon be living on a Planet of Apes. Some higher species may in fact have a cursory grasp of symbolically connected reasoning.
However for the most part Animals are guided by instinct and stimuli in the present and therefore unlikely to take over the Planet anytime soon. Wild Animals have evolved as a consequence of natural conditions and represent an adaptation between what is possible and becoming prey.
Domestic Animals on the other hand have been separated from their natural condition and transformed for the benefit of Humankind. Animals which are docile, tame, and a source of labor or production serve the purposes of Humankind better than animals which are aloof, wild, and adapted for survival.
We Humans owe our dominance of the Planet to the word, i.e., symbolic language and technology. It is this which frees us from the constraints of nature. Through symbolic language and technology we are able to perceive our natural condition and to “improve” thereupon.
However ”progress” does not end with the domestication of animals alone nor with innumerable technological advances. The process of controlling our circumstances continues amongst ourselves through the word.
Throughout human history the word (subjective language) has been used to overpower and enslave the masses as technology is consolidated into the hands of the few, such that the masses of Humanity are today are simply domesticated chattle – docile, apathetic, and complicit in their own status.
Even if it were possible to communicate with a domesticated animal which was destined for the slaughterhouse as to its status and condition, it is unlikely that any words one might conceive to persuade such an animal – for it’s own benefit – would fall upon ears unable to hear and a creature so ignorant and apathetic as to be incapable of listening as it lazily chewed its cud staring blankly into empty space.
Such is the plight of the contemporary “common sense” maker.