Politics for all sentient beings

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.

Philosophy

We advocate for a society in which the interests of all sentient beings are considered, regardless of their species membership.

Philosophy

Politics

We spearhead political campaigns, currently focusing on animal rights and animal-free food.

Political initiatives

Research

We rigorously analyze the evidence to find the most impactful ways to help all sentient beings.

Policy papers

Ongoing Activities

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EAS Fundraiser for 2017

Support our work by contributing to the winter fundraiser of our parent organization, the Effective Altruism Foundation.

SUPPORT

Our Support for the Massachusetts “Minimum Size Requirements for Farm Animal Containment” Initiative

While the evidence we have now for the long-term effects of welfare reforms is weak, as we discuss in this post, it makes us optimistic, so we are happy to join other nonprofit organizations, elected leaders, businesses, and numerous other parties in endorsing the measure.

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Basel: Fundamental Rights

We recently launched a ballot initiative to enshrine the fundamental rights to life and to bodily and mental integrity for nonhuman primates in the cantonal constitution of Basel-Stadt.

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Berlin: Sustainable Food

Our first ballot initiative in Germany aims to introduce plant-based options in all public canteens.

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Lucerne: Sustainable Food

In 48 hours we collected 1000 signatures demanding plant-based options in all public canteens in Lucerne.

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Zurich: Sustainable Food

Following our successful ballot submission in Basel, we successfully submitted a similar initiative in Zurich, calling for the inclusion of plant-based menu options in public canteens and the establishment of a foundation to educate the public about the consequences of our current system of animal farming.

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Basel: Sustainable Food

We successfully submitted a ballot initiative calling for the inclusion of plant-based menu options in public canteens and appropriate education for chefs.

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Germany: Cultured Meat

In cooperation with a team of scientists, we published an open letter to the German federal government requesting increased funding for the research and development of cultured meat.

POLICY PAPER

Most Recent Papers

Cultured Meat

Industrial livestock production is a growing global problem for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and human health. One solution could be cultured meat (also called "in vitro" or "clean" meat), for which animal tissue is grown in a controlled environment using cell culture technology. This could make the raising and killing of animals for meat obsolete. Cultured meat shows great potential as a humane, sustainable and healthy form of meat production.

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Fundamental Rights

Nonhuman primates are highly complex beings, possessing intrinsic, essential interests in life and bodily and mental integrity. As current legal provisions around the world fail to accommodate these interests, we conclude that nonhuman primates should be granted fundamental rights, to guarantee that these essential interests are respected. In this paper, we propose a scientific and moral basis for such rights, and provide 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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Blog

Year in Review: 2016

In the last year, we have not only established ourselves as political players in Switzerland, but also hosted an international conference, started to work in other countries, and have expanded our content. As we come to the end of the year, we are evaluating the comparative success of our different activities and discussing fundamental strategic […]

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Animal advocates should focus on antispeciesism, not veganism

The following article was written by guest blogger Magnus Vinding. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Sentience Politics. How can we help nonhuman animals as much as possible? A good answer to this question could spare billions from suffering and death, while a bad one could condemn as […]

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