Sentience in evolutionary context

Jon Mallatt, Todd E. Feinberg

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We appreciate the goals of Mikhalevich & Powell (M&P) and largely agree with their conclusions but we differ on some of their definitions and terms. Affects (emotional feelings) should be part of sentience. Although the evidence presented for insect sentience is strong, we list some of the counterevidence that should be considered. Our own research supports M&P's choice of arthropods, cephalopods, and vertebrates as the only sentient organisms with moral status.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalAnimal Sentience
Issue number29
StatePublished - 2020


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