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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Why we work on fundamental rights for primates

Sentience Politics selects and prioritizes campaigns based on their potential impact, i.e. the number of individuals affected. One of our ongoing campaigns concerns fundamental rights for primates, which may seem ineffective at first glance. After all, the number of non-human primates is almost negligible compared to the number of animals suffering on factory farms – so […]

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Exploration vs. Exploitation of Strategies in the Animal Rights Movement

The central premise of effective altruism is that we should use our limited resources in order to achieve the greatest altruistic impact possible. The question remains, what is the best way to actually put this into practice? We might propose the following two-step procedure. First, we should use empirical evidence and our best scientific theories […]

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Effective Animal Charities: How They Help Solve Many Global Problems at Once

Our resources are limited. Efforts aimed at improving the world therefore necessitate cause selection and prioritisation: Which causes am I going to support with my resources? Often people select their causes according to what happens to be closest to their heart or what’s immediately salient. This results in non-conventional but potentially extremely important causes often […]

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Talk: Effective altruism for all sentient beings

Sentience Politics co-founder Adriano Mannino recently gave a talk on “Effective altruism for all sentient beings: How can we save the most individuals with our limited resources?” at Basel University’s Institute for Biomedical Ethics: Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that proposes to use our limited resources (personal skill, time, money) so as […]

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Effective donation: Why you can save many more animals with your wallet than with your plate

Contents The blind spot of consumer ethics Donating well is (much) more important than consuming well Effective vs. ineffective donation Monthly budget and career choice: “Earning to Give” “Setting a good example”: Towards a new culture of donation Our intuitive thinking is strongly influenced by consumer ethics: We think that acting responsibly according to human and […]

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Sentience project fundraised 150,000$ for effective animal charities!

Our fundraising project Raising for Effective Giving (REG) raised more than $360,000 for effective charities in Q4 2014 (with expenses of less than $10,000), about half of them being animal charities! – Check out REG’s new report on money moved: Several donors expressed interest in supporting effective animal charities with substantial amounts (generating a large impact […]

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The Case for Donating Now Instead of Later

Identifying points of leverage If something is important to us, such that we want to do it as well as possible (as opposed to just doing it in the way people commonly do it), then it’s crucial to put in a lot of thought and always be on the lookout for more effective strategies, for […]

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Why animal advocates should consider doing politics

Sentience Politics press conference at the Swiss federal media center in April 2014 A number of considerations speak in favor of the political domain’s potential for highly effective activism: While many arguments for veganism, when used to criticize private consumer choices such as meat-eating, fall on deaf ears or are met with hostility and emphatic refusal, […]

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Responding on a “political” or “individual” level?

A political philosopher friend recently asked: What are your 2-3 core reasons for considering it permissible/obligatory to respond to climate change primarily on a political rather than an individual level? Someone answered: (a) It is arrogant hybris to think one has the responsibility to respond to that question solitarily. Hybris because responsibilty implies ability, arrogant […]

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