Hodson, Gordon (2017) What is the pressing “animal question” about? Thinking/feeling capacity or exploitability?. Animal Sentience 17(12)
Lori Marino, The inconvenient truth about thinking chickens
Marino’s timely review highlights what humans go to great lengths to ignore and suppress: non-human animals such as chickens have rich inner lives. Although I share her belief that such evidence should provide the impetus for ending the exploitation of chickens, the psychological literatures on motivated reasoning and group-based dominance suggest not only that this is unlikely but that people will push back precisely because of the implications (as they do for climate change). Human psychology has done a great deal to suppress the recognition of sentience in animals, but it can also shed insights into ending exploitation.