Jones, Robert C. (2017) The precautionary principle: A cautionary note. Animal Sentience 16(15)
Jonathan Birch, Animal sentience and the precautionary principle
The precautionary principle regarding animal sentience is often used in decision-making about human actions that may cause harm to nonhuman animals. Birch (2017) develops an account of the precautionary principle requiring two pragmatic rules for its implementation. I support Birch's proposal but offer a cautionary note about relying on precautionary principles if one's ultimate goal is to emancipate animals from human domination.