How High Contraceptive Use Can Help Animals?

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This ask re­port fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing free or dis­counted con­tra­cep­tives. Con­tra­cep­tives are a well-known global poverty in­ter­ven­tion, but in so far as they af­fect hu­man pop­u­la­tion they also have ma­jor effects on the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mals. This re­port pri­mar­ily con­sid­ers the effect that a con­tra­cep­tive char­ity could have on an­i­mals, al­though more ex­ten­sive re­ports would con­sider the full range of benefits, in­clud­ing its effects on hu­mans. The in­ter­ven­tion ended up look­ing sur­pris­ingly im­pact­ful for an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly if con­ducted in coun­tries with high need for con­tra­cep­tives and high fish and poul­try con­sump­tion.

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​Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship’s Ask Re­port­s
Our pri­or­ity ask re­ports are fo­cused on what are the par­tic­u­lar im­prove­ments or changes that can be “asked” for from cor­po­ra­tions, gov­ern­ments, or in­di­vi­d­u­als. Go­ing cage free, mak­ing dietary changes, reg­u­lat­ing slaugh­ter prac­tices, and many other asks all serve as ex­am­ples here. They are com­pared based on the strength of the idea (in­clud­ing the ev­i­dence base and es­ti­mated cost-effec­tive­ness), limit­ing fac­tors, ex­e­cu­tion difficulty, and ex­ter­nal­ities. All of these fac­tors to­gether could be­gin to sug­gest which asks might be the most effec­tive when com­bined with a pri­or­ity an­i­mal, coun­try, and ap­proach. How­ever, these ask re­ports are short sum­maries of longer un­pub­lished re­ports and, there­fore, even if an ask looks promis­ing this does not nec­es­sar­ily sug­gest that it will end up be­ing a promis­ing char­ity once paired with other el­e­ments and cross-com­pared to the other strongest pos­si­ble char­i­ties. It just sug­gests that it is worth fur­ther and deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tion from our team. You can see our full planned re­search pro­cess here.


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