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Science, Sentience, and Animal Welfare
Ethics and Animal Welfare
  • Robert C. Jones, California State University, Chico
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract

I sketch briefly some of the more influential theories concerned with the moral status of nonhuman animals, highlighting their biological/physiological aspects. I then survey the most prominent empirical research on the physiological and cognitive capacities of nonhuman animals, focusing primarily on sentience, but looking also at a few other morally relevant capacities such as self-awareness, memory, and mindreading. Lastly, I discuss two examples of current animal welfare policy, namely, animals used in industrialized food production and in scientific research. I argue that even the most progressive current welfare policies lag behind, are ignorant of, or arbitrarily disregard the science on sentience and cognition.

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Citation Information
Jones, R. C. (2013). Science, sentience, and animal welfare. Biology and Philosophy, 1-30.