A Virtue of Precaution Regarding the Moral Status of Animals with Uncertain Sentience

@article{Knutsson2017AVO,
  title={A Virtue of Precaution Regarding the Moral Status of Animals with Uncertain Sentience},
  author={Simon Knutsson and Christian Munthe},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  year={2017},
  volume={30},
  pages={213-224}
}
  • Simon Knutsson, C. Munthe
  • Published 17 May 2017
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
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