Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


The precautionary principle gives the animal the benefit of the doubt when its sentient status is not known. This is necessary for advanced invertebrates such as cephalopods because research and evidence concerning the criteria for sentience are scattered and often insufficient to give us the background for the decision.

Author Biography

Jennifer Mather, Professor of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge, does research on cephalopod behavior, particularly that of octopuses. She is co-editor of the upcoming book “Invertebrate Welfare” in the Springer series on animal welfare. directory.uleth.ca/users/mather