Effective Animal Advocacy Resources

This article contains a list of research organizations, newsletters, research libraries, personal blogs, conferences, podcasts, funds, notable written works and other links associated with Effective Animal Advocacy (EAA) movement. The list is biased because I only included resources that I know of. If you think something is missing, please comment.

Introductory materials

Research organizations

Here is a list of organizations and departments that publish animal advocacy strategy research:

  • Animal Advocacy Careers—“researching career trajectories and addressing ​talent constraints in the animal movement”.

  • Animal Ask - founded with the express aim to optimise and prioritise future asks to assist animal advocacy organisations in their efforts to reduce farmed animal suffering. We provide organisations with in-depth research, narrowly targeted at key decisions between different animal asks, supporting organisations, individual activists, policymakers and donors so that they may do more good in the long term.

  • Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) - charity reviews, intervention reviews, general research, advocacy advice, interviews, and more.

  • Animal Ethics—resources on ethics, sentience, animal exploitation and wild animal suffering.

  • Charity Entrepreneurship—a research and training program aimed at creating multiple high-impact charities. A lot of their 2019 research was about what new animal-focused charities would be the most impactful.

  • CIWF research, CIWF USA research

  • Faunalyticsoriginal research focusing on farmed animal and movement-building topics, a library of lay-friendly summaries of academic research, and one-on-one support for advocates who want help finding data or designing or understanding research.

  • fishcount—estimates of wild-caught and farmed fish numbers, discussion of fish welfare issues.

  • Fish Welfare Initiative—will do research about welfare reforms for fish in the next 5 months.

  • MFA research—evaluations to optimize various advocacy strategies.

  • OpenPhil—the largest funder in farm animal advocacy (~$35 million per year), shares some of its internal research.

  • Rethink Priorities—animal-related research so far focused on neglected groups of animals, corporate campaigns, and wild animal welfare.

  • Sentience Institute—meta-level research for the EAA community.

  • THL Labs—“informing advocacy strategies through actionable research on their effectiveness”.

  • Wild Animal Initiative—“working to understand and improve the lives of animals in the wild.” Previously, it was two organizations: Utility Farm and Wild-Animal Suffering Research. Some of the texts are only available on the websites of these defunct organizations. They merged in 2019.

In total, there seem to be about 35 full time researcher equivalents in animal advocacy research space. Note that I excluded organizations like Asia Research and Engagement (ARE), Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR), Centre for Animal Welfare Science Excellence and Animal Welfare Foundation that do or fund animal welfare related research that is not directly about advocacy strategy. I also excluded clean meat research.

For incomplete lists of animal advocacy organizations in general see all ACE’s charity reviews and a list of OWA organizations.

Newsletters

Main newsletters:

Most organizations listed in the section above have newsletters that update about their new research. For example, there is Animal Charity Evaluators newsletter, Animal Advocacy Careers newsletter, Faunalytics newsletter and Rethink Priorities newsletter.

Research repositories/​libraries

Notable personal blogs/​websites

Conferences

Conferences that are focused on animal advocacy:

The list above excludes:

Podcasts

Funds

Also see:

  • Animal Grantmakers - they help to maximize the effectiveness of work undertaken by animal protection funders.

  • Farmed Animal Funders - a group of individuals and foundations giving more than $250,000 per year to end factory farming.

Miscellaneous

Notable written works

This article is a project of Rethink Priorities. It was primarily written by Saulius Šimčikas. Thanks to Jacob Peacock, Jamie Harris, Marianne van der Werf and Peter Hurford for contributing to the post.