We research and publish policy papers to initiate and advance public debate on important global, social issues. We also use our policy papers as a starting point for our political campaigns, which influence policy-making and make these vital and complex ideas available to a broader audience. Topics are selected by considering two questions: “What are most significant problems in the world?” and “Which of those problems can we make the most headway against?”

Invertebrate Suffering

Invertebrates such as insects, spiders, worms and snails likely feel pain, so we should take action to prevent their suffering, as their large number and the severity of the harms they endure may mean that their current suffering amounts to an ethical disaster. We recommend actions that can and should be taken in several areas.

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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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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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Sustainable Food

In recent decades, society has become accustomed to a way of eating that promotes global warming, aggravates world hunger and water shortages, fails to ensure food security, harms our health, and violates Switzerland's constitutional principle of dignity for animals. As most of the problem stems from a high consumption of animal-derived foods, the solution will involve a shift towards plant-based eating.

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