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Andrew N. Rowan, Joyce M. D'Silva, Ian J.H. Duncan, and Nicholas Palmer, Animal sentience: history, science, and politics


Rowan et al.’s target article provides a valuable indication of the work that was required to reach the point where animals are recognised as sentient in various laws. To ensure this work was not in vain, the language of sentience needs to be used as a moral currency to demand further cultural change involving greater human respect for animals.

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Jane Kotzmann is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law, School of Law, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research project looks at the legal recognition of animal sentience in Australia. Website