The Importance of Sentience in Animal Legislation
Posted on April 16, 2015
Comprehensive studies have shown that many animals can feel negative and positive emotions, such as pain, suffering, joy or pleasure. Even complex feelings that were often thought (by some people) to be unique to humans, such as grief, empathy and jealousy, have been proven in some species. With this in mind, it is clear that science has a key role to play to inform and support the construction of laws protecting the welfare of animals.