Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Marino shows that chickens are as complex mentally as other birds and mammals. Yet common perceptions of chickens are slow to change in response to the science. Human capacities for willful ignorance, inattention, and avoidance keep us from learning about the animals we harm, and the inertia of habit and tradition keeps us from taking appropriate action in response to what we learn. It’s essential for teachers and activists to find ways to overcome this inattention and inertia.

Author Biography

Kathie Jenni is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Redlands. Her teaching and research focus on animal ethics and moral psychology. Her most recent publication is “Empathy and Moral Laziness” (2016) Animal Studies Journal 5(2), 21-51.