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Woodruff (2017) argues that teleosts’ more sophisticated behaviors make sense only if they are sentient. Moreover, their neuroanatomy, although different from mammalian, is sufficiently complex to support sentience. I answer some potential objections to Woodruff’s argument, and try to trace its moral significance. In so doing, I briefly address Birch’s (2017) target article as well.

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Hugh LaFollette is Cole Chair in Ethics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is the author of four books. The latest, In Defense of Gun Control, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is also editor-in-chief of the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley), second-print edition will appear in 2020. hughlafollette.com