Marks, Joel (2017) Changing the subject. Animal Sentience 16(5)
Jonathan Birch, Animal sentience and the precautionary principle
I detect at least two unspoken assumptions in Birch’s project, and I question, indeed, reject both of them. One is that welfare is the primary concern of animal ethics. I think liberation is. Birch’s other assumption is that the scientific investigation of animal sentience is key to promoting animal ethics. I think science is largely irrelevant to progress on this front and can even be counterproductive.