Sentience Politics

Sentience Politics is a political think tank guided by a single question: How can we use our limited resources to reduce as much suffering as possible?

We believe that any individual capable of suffering deserves moral consideration. No matter who they are, where they live, or what species they happen to be. As part of the effective altruism movement, we rely on rationality and empirical science to point us in the right direction. Sentience Politics is effective altruism for all sentient beings.

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Cultured Meat

Industrial livestock production presents a growing problem on a global scale in terms of animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and human health. One solution might be cultured meat, in which animal tissue is grown in a controlled environment using cell culture technology, thereby making the raising and killing of animals for food unnecessary. This approach shows great potential of meeting all the requirements of a humane, sustainable and healthy form of meat production.

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Fundamental Rights for Primates

Nonhuman primates are highly complex beings, possessing an intrinsic, essential interest in living a life of bodily and mental integrity. However, current legal provisions worldwide hardly accommodate these interests. Therefore, nonhuman primates need to be protected by fundamental rights which guarantee that their essential interests are respected. In this policy paper, we first propose a scientific and moral basis for such rights and subsequently give several arguments for why such rights are needed. We conclude by suggesting a number of ways to implement fundamental rights to life and physical as well as mental integrity for nonhuman primates.

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