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Animal Sentience: Where Are We and Where Are We Heading?
AbstractThe science of animal sentience underpins the entire animal welfare movement. Demonstrating objectively what animals are capable of is key to achieving a positive change in attitudes and actions towards animals, and a real, sustainable difference for animal welfare. This paper briefly summarises understanding and acceptance of animal sentience through the ages. Although not an exhaustive history, it highlights some of the leading figures whose opinions and work have most affected perspectives of animal sentience. There follows a review of the current state of animal sentience, what is known, and what the main limitations have been for the development of the study of sentience. The paper concludes with some thoughts for the future of the science, and where it should be going in order to most benefit animal welfare.
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Proctor, H. Animal Sentience: Where Are We and Where Are We Heading? Animals 2012, 2, 628-639.View more citation formats
Proctor H. Animal Sentience: Where Are We and Where Are We Heading? Animals. 2012; 2(4):628-639.Chicago/Turabian Style
Proctor, Helen. 2012. "Animal Sentience: Where Are We and Where Are We Heading?" Animals 2, no. 4: 628-639.