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Animal Sentience

Author Website

www.hodsonlab.com

Commentary Type

Invited Commentary

Abstract

Marino’s timely review highlights what humans go to great lengths to ignore and suppress: non-human animals such as chickens have rich inner lives. Although I share her belief that such evidence should provide the impetus for ending the exploitation of chickens, the psychological literatures on motivated reasoning and group-based dominance suggest not only that this is unlikely but that people will push back precisely because of the implications (as they do for climate change). Human psychology has done a great deal to suppress the recognition of sentience in animals, but it can also shed insights into ending exploitation.

Author Biography

Gordon Hodson is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Brock Laboratory of Intergroup Processes. His research on prejudice and discrimination branches into the study of outgroup dehumanization and speciesism. He co-edited Advances in Intergroup Contact (Hodson & Hewstone, 2013). www.hodsonlab.com

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