What should we do about sheep? The role of intelligence in welfare considerations

Animal Sentience 4 (25):23 (2019)
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Abstract

Marino & Merskin (2019) demonstrate that sheep are more cognitively complex than typically thought. We should be cautious in interpreting the implications of these results for welfare considerations to avoid perpetuating mistaken beliefs about the moral value of intelligence as opposed to sentience. There are, however, still important ways in which this work can help improve sheeps’ lives.

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Heather Browning
University of Southampton

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