Sentience Politics operates in several countries, and we pursue a diversity of initiatives in the interests of nonhuman animals. We are currently either pursuing or considering initiatives for bans on factory farming, fundamental rights for nonhuman primates, increased access to animal-free meals, increased government support for animal-free food technologies and decreased support for animal industries.

Political campaigns with antispeciesist goals can achieve remarkable progress for animals if successful, and even if unsuccessful, the public attention they draw can stimulate public discussion of the issues and of speciesism more broadly. That attention can build the animal advocacy movement and strengthen future campaigns.

Unlike efforts to change consumers’ behaviors for the benefit of animals, which require us to convince every individual to both agree that those animals’ suffering is important and to change their behavior accordingly, political success only requires us to convince a slight majority of the population controlling an institution to agree. Because many people are “morally, but not behaviorally opposed” to causing animals to suffer, their concern may compel them to support political initiatives to help animals, which only inconvenience them with a signature or a vote, even when they are not compelled to transition to new consumption habits.

We discuss our interest in political advocacy in greater depth on our “Effective Strategies page. Here, you can learn about the political initiatives we are pursuing.


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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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Our Campaigns

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Basel: Fundamental Rights

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

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Berlin: Sustainable Food

With our first ballot initiative in Germany we aim to introduce plant-based options in all public canteens.

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Germany: Cultured Meat

With the support of scientists we have published an open letter to the German federal government in order to increase research funding for developing cultured meat.

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Lucerne: Sustainable Food

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

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Zurich: Sustainable Food

Similar to Basel , we successfully submitted a ballot initiative that calls for increased support for plant-based diets. That includes plant-based menu options in public canteens as well as the establishment of a foundation educating the public about the consequences of our current system of animal agriculture.

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Basel: Sustainable Food

We have successfully submitted a ballot initiative that calls for increased support for plant-based diets. That includes plant-based menu options in public canteens as well as appropriate education of chefs.

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