Timeline of the wild-animal suffering movement

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Here is a timeline of the wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing (WAS) move­ment which I origi­nally wrote in 2018. I re­cently up­dated the timeline with some more re­cent events. The timeline has ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions from Mati Roy and Blue and some minor con­tri­bu­tions from Vipul Naik and Issa Rice. Here are some of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in the his­tory of the move­ment, quoted from the ar­ti­cle:

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pre-1970: Wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing is oc­ca­sion­ally men­tioned by philoso­phers as an ex­am­ple of the amoral­ity of na­ture. In gen­eral, there is lit­tle dis­cus­sion of whether hu­mans should in­ter­vene to im­prove the situ­a­tion.
1970–2004: After the emer­gence of the con­tem­po­rary an­i­mal rights/​welfare move­ment, wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing is dis­cussed by an­i­mal rights philoso­phers and their crit­ics. The crit­ics con­sider in­ter­ven­tion in na­ture a re­duc­tio ad ab­sur­dum of an­i­mal rights, while some an­i­mal rights au­thors take it to be a se­ri­ous moral is­sue. Most dis­cus­sion takes place through jour­nals, and dis­cus­sion par­ti­ci­pants are mostly aca­demics.
2005–2012: Dur­ing this pe­riod, in­ter­est in wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing blos­soms with the help of the In­ter­net. Pro­lific and pas­sion­ate in­di­vi­d­u­als such as Brian To­masik, David Pearce, and Os­car Horta play a lead­ing role in cre­at­ing con­tent and birthing on­line com­mu­ni­ties. The aca­demic moral philos­o­phy com­mu­nity also con­tinues de­bat­ing the is­sue.
2013–2016: Or­ga­ni­za­tions be­gin to form that fo­cus on wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing, re­search, and ad­vo­cacy (as ei­ther a pri­mary or sec­ondary fo­cus). Publi­ca­tions reated to wild an­i­mals come from a mix of in­di­vi­d­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Some or­ga­ni­za­tions use prizes to in­cen­tivize work on wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing, with mixed re­sults. The nascent effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity ex­poses more peo­ple to wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing ear­lier on in their lives.
2017–2020: In this era, a large share of the pro­duc­tion of re­search re­lated to wild-an­i­mal suffer­ing is by in­di­vi­d­u­als as part of their work for or­ga­ni­za­tions. Key or­ga­ni­za­tions that spon­sor a large num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions are: Utility Farm, Wild-An­i­mal Suffer­ing Re­search (the two would later merge into the Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive), An­i­mal Ethics, Sen­tience In­sti­tute, and (start­ing late 2018) Re­think Pri­ori­ties. The ecosys­tem is sus­tained by grant money from the Effec­tive Altru­ism An­i­mal Welfare Fund, An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors’ An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy Re­search Fund, and in­di­vi­d­ual donors.

Any thoughts or feed­back would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated!