Sheep are sentient, but not identical

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Title: Sheep are sentient, but not identical
Authors: Hanlon, Alison
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Date: 4-Jul-2019
Online since: 2019-08-12T07:17:09Z
Abstract: Marino & Merskin (M&M) provide a timely reminder that sheep have advanced cognitive abilities, but do we still have to provide evidence to justify animal sentience? In the EU, regulations are designed to support farm animal welfare. Whilst the regulations are imperfect, they do emphasize behavioural needs and other concepts relevant to sentience. The persistence of sheep welfare issues such as lamb mortality indicates that regulations may not be achieving their desired goal. We can quibble about the science described by M&M yet reach the same conclusion: sheep (lambs, ewes and rams) are not all identical, but they are all sentient.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy (HSISP)
Journal: Animal Sentience - An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling
Volume: 4
Issue: 25
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Author
Keywords: SheepCognitive abilitiesAnimal sentience
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Veterinary Medicine Research Collection

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