Davis, Hank (2019) Our disparaging view of sheep is indeed based on cognitive inadequacy: Unfortunately, it’s ours. Animal Sentience 25(20)
Lori Marino and Debra Merskin, Intelligence, complexity, and individuality in sheep
Additional data, such as those surveyed by Marino & Merskin, are unlikely to change our perception of sheep. Arguably, the problem lies deeper than insufficient information. There are indeed cognitive deficits at the core of the problem, but they reside in Homo sapiens, not sheep. Judgmental biases that originated in the Pleistocene age have been over-extended in the modern world and result in unreasoning discriminative practices including speciesism. “Ism’s” run deep and the more an “other” looks and acts like us, the more respect we give it. Sheep do not prosper as “individual sentient beings” under such a heuristic.