We surely can do better in protecting all of these sentient beings, and the time is now to amend, write, and stringently enforce legislation for better protecting them and the millions of other animals from being brutalized in "the name of science, food, entertainment, and fashion."
We now know, and indeed have known for some time, that many other animals who are routinely and in some cases casually mistreated, are sentient beings. Because scientific facts about their ability to suffer have been conveniently ignored as if they didn't exist, it's abundantly clear that the federal Animal Welfare Act is severely outdated and lame, and needs to be revised immediately.
I hope people far and wide will call for an immediate and thorough revision of the Act and other legislation that takes into account the results of detailed research, and that researchers themselves will actively partake in the process. There shall be no more excuses for those who ignore the latest and greatest science about the fascinating, rich, and deep emotional lives of other animals.