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Review of the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans

Birch, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-7517-4759, Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052, Burn, Charlotte, Schnell, Alexandra K. and Crump, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-4485-5740 (2021) Review of the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans. . London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Sentience is the capacity to have feelings, such as feelings of pain, pleasure, hunger, thirst, warmth, joy, comfort and excitement. It is not simply the capacity to feel pain, but feelings of pain, distress or harm, broadly understood, have a special significance for animal welfare law. Drawing on over 300 scientific studies, we have evaluated the evidence of sentience in two groups of invertebrate animals: the cephalopod molluscs or, for short, cephalopods (including octopods, squid and cuttlefish) and the decapod crustaceans or, for short, decapods (including crabs, lobsters and crayfish). We have also evaluated the potential welfare implications of current commercial practices involving these animals.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 14:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:34

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