Thanks, bhante - interesting item.
That site is a bit dubious so I tracked back to the website of the conference it's reporting on, http://fcmconference.org/
. It's the best starting point for further reading.
The report you posted is headed, "Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration That Animals Have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Humans" and for me the questions are really, "How much
like humans?" and "How should this affect our behaviour?"