Animal sentience in the media

23 09 2015

There are moves in Quebec to declare animals sentient. It’s not quite clear which animals are included (insects too?), and some of the coverage makes the scope sound implausibly large: “Also forbidden: submitting an animal ‘to a treatment that will cause death . . . ‘” says the Globe & Mail. So Quebec’s to outlaw killing animals for food, research or pest control? I just doubt it somehow.

But still, anything that helps protects animals that aren’t very well covered by existing laws, and that puts the emphasis on animals’ feelings more than human motives, is a gScreen Shot 2015-09-23 at 2.03.16 PMood thing.

I got interviewed about it yesterday (along with others), and here’s the piece on the National Post‘s front page today.

A few weeks ago I was also interviewed on animal sentience, but in much more depth (for an intellectually challenging hour in the university’s radio studio). This was for a forthcoming BBC Radio 4 series created by my brilliant colleague Christine Nicol. Called “Would You Eat an Alien?”, it’ll be reviewing the scientific and ethical issues around sentience, and I think it’s going to be very good indeed.