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The Sentience Shift in Animal Research (Preprint)

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2022) The Sentience Shift in Animal Research (Preprint). [Preprint]

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Abstract

One of the primary concerns in animal research is to ensure the welfare of laboratory animals. Modern views on animal welfare emphasise the role of animal sentience, i.e. the capacity of animals to experience subjective states such as pleasure or suffering, as a central component of welfare. The increasing official recognition of animal sentience has had large effects on laboratory animal research. The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (Low et al. 2012) marked an official scientific recognition of the presence of sentience in mammals, birds, and cephalopods. Animal sentience has furthermore been recognised in legislation in the European Union, New Zealand and parts of Australia, with discussions underway in other parts of the world to follow suit, such as the recent Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022 in the UK. In this paper, we analyze this shift towards recognition of sentience in the regulation and practice in the treatment of laboratory animals and its effects on animal welfare and use.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: animal welfare; sentience; animal research; animal legislation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 04:08
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 04:08
Item ID: 20563
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20563

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