RSS

An­i­mal welfare

TagLast edit: 28 Jul 2022 23:28 UTC by nil

Animal welfare is a core focus area within effective altruism. It focuses on ways to improve the wellbeing of nonhuman animals, primarily in factory farms and in the wild.

Animals currently make up the vast majority of sentient beings. As many as 2.8 trillion animals might be killed for food each year, and there are many more wild animals.[1] Although many experts agree that animals display some signs of sentience, it remains an open question which animals are sentient, and how we should compare welfare between species.

Despite its importance, this focus area is highly neglected: animal charities receive only 3% of charitable donations, and 99% of that money is focused on pets, who make up less than 0.1% of all domesticated animals.[1]

The area also appears to be somewhat tractable. Open Philanthropy estimates that past corporate cage-free campaigns have spared about 120 years of suffering in battery cages per dollar donated.[2]

Some people focus more narrowly on farmed animal welfare or on wild animal welfare.

Some have argued that, if one takes the view that future beings matter morally, interventions that seek to reduce short-term animal suffering may not be as cost-effective as interventions that seek to influence the far future. In response, others have argued that animal welfare will also have strong beneficial effects on the far future.[1] An objection to that argument is that it would be remarkable if an intervention selected for its short-term effects just happened to have better long-run consequences than all other interventions.[3] In addition, critics have noted that there are theoretical reasons for expecting human interventions to have better long-run effects than animal interventions.[4] The considerations bearing on this issue are numerous, complex, and hard to assess, and the debate is currently unresolved.[5]

Further reading

MacAskill, W. & Meissner, D. (2020) Cause prioritization: Farm animal welfare, in ‘Acting on utilitarianism’, Utilitarianism, October.

Reese, Jacy (2016) Why animals matter for effective altruism, Effective Altruism Forum, August 22.

Whittlestone, Jess (2017) Animal welfare, Effective Altruism, November 16.

Related entries

animal cognition | animal sentience | effective animal advocacy | farmed animal welfare | pain and suffering | speciesism | wild animal welfare

  1. ^

    Reese, Jacy (2016) Why animals matter for effective altruism, Effective Altruism Forum, August 22.

  2. ^

    Bollard, Lewis (2016) Initial grants to support corporate cage-free reforms, Open Philanthropy, March 31.

  3. ^

    Lewis, Gregory (2016) Beware surprising and suspicious convergence, Effective Altruism Forum, January 24.

  4. ^

    Cotton-Barratt, Owen (2014) Human and animal interventions: the long- term view, Effective Altruism Forum, June 2.

  5. ^

    Tomasik, Brian (2011) Risks of astronomical future suffering, Center on Long-Term Risk, December.

Please com­plete a sur­vey to in­fluence EU an­i­mal pro­tec­tion policies

PeterSlattery7 Jan 2022 4:09 UTC
94 points
19 comments1 min readEA link

Directly Pur­chas­ing and Distribut­ing Stun­ning Equip­ment to Fish­ing Boats Which Catch Enor­mous Amounts of Small Wild Fish

Enginar12 Aug 2022 1:37 UTC
27 points
2 comments11 min readEA link

How the an­i­mal move­ment could do even more good

Tobias_Baumann28 Feb 2022 23:10 UTC
62 points
2 comments7 min readEA link
(centerforreducingsuffering.org)

Minor poli­ti­cal par­ties as an ad­vo­cacy strat­egy: The case of an­i­mal politics

Ren Springlea13 Apr 2022 13:56 UTC
50 points
11 comments14 min readEA link

Sugges­tion: Effec­tive An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy forum

saulius21 Jan 2022 15:20 UTC
74 points
16 comments3 min readEA link

An­nounc­ing the Re­duc­etar­ian Fel­low­ship!

Sofia_Fogel1 Feb 2022 17:51 UTC
53 points
4 comments2 min readEA link

Cor­po­rate cam­paigns for chicken welfare are 10,000 times as effec­tive as GiveWell’s Max­i­mum Im­pact Fund?

Vasco Grilo28 Jul 2022 8:22 UTC
65 points
16 comments17 min readEA link

An­i­mal Welfare Fund: Ask us any­thing!

kierangreig7 May 2021 19:54 UTC
62 points
130 comments2 min readEA link

Re: Some thoughts on veg­e­tar­i­anism and veganism

Fai25 Feb 2022 20:43 UTC
47 points
3 comments8 min readEA link

300+ Flash­cards to Tackle Press­ing World Problems

AndreFerretti11 Jul 2022 15:50 UTC
74 points
13 comments13 min readEA link

Re­quest For Pro­pos­als: EA An­i­mal Welfare Fund

kierangreig7 May 2021 19:50 UTC
66 points
2 comments4 min readEA link

UK gov­ern­ment plan for an­i­mal welfare

Matt_Sharp12 May 2021 13:50 UTC
20 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

Please Test/​Share my New Ve­gan Video Game

scottxmulligan29 May 2021 22:21 UTC
24 points
10 comments1 min readEA link

Welfare Foot­print Pro­ject—a blueprint for quan­tify­ing an­i­mal pain

MichaelStJules26 Jun 2021 20:05 UTC
70 points
2 comments2 min readEA link

Help Re­think Pri­ori­ties Use Data for An­i­mals, Longter­mism, and EA

Peter Wildeford5 Jul 2021 17:20 UTC
59 points
3 comments4 min readEA link

EA Sur­vey 2020: Cause Prioritization

David_Moss29 Jul 2021 18:06 UTC
98 points
13 comments4 min readEA link

EA An­i­mal Welfare Fund: Re­quest for Pro­pos­als Re­gard­ing Scop­ing Re­search/​Pro­ject(s) on Ne­glected yet Large-Scale An­i­mal Populations

kierangreig3 Sep 2021 20:15 UTC
42 points
1 comment6 min readEA link

Re­sources on An­i­mal Ethics and Helping Animals

Dario Citrini10 Sep 2021 23:22 UTC
26 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

What Is It Like For An­i­mals To Suffer?

ozymandias22 Jun 2021 7:00 UTC
15 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(thingofthings.substack.com)

Anal­y­sis of EA fund­ing within An­i­mal Welfare from 2019-2021

James Ozden27 Sep 2021 19:03 UTC
48 points
9 comments6 min readEA link

[Question] Where should I donate?

BrownHairedEevee22 Nov 2021 20:56 UTC
29 points
10 comments1 min readEA link

The EA An­i­mal Welfare Fund Has Sig­nifi­cant Room For More Funding

kierangreig1 Dec 2021 0:10 UTC
65 points
6 comments3 min readEA link

[Question] What EAG ses­sions would you like on an­i­mal welfare?

Nathan Young20 Mar 2022 10:32 UTC
20 points
7 comments1 min readEA link

Fore­casts es­ti­mate limited cul­tured meat pro­duc­tion through 2050

Neil_Dullaghan21 Mar 2022 23:13 UTC
121 points
10 comments28 min readEA link

Open Phil’s farm an­i­mal welfare team is hiring!

LewisBollard29 Mar 2022 16:50 UTC
54 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

Call for Papers: The Eco­nomics of An­i­mal Welfare, Stan­ford In­sti­tute for The­o­ret­i­cal Eco­nomics 2022

zdgroff4 Apr 2022 19:09 UTC
49 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

New study on whether an­i­mal welfare re­forms af­fect wider at­ti­tudes to­wards animals

Jamie_Harris2 May 2022 10:00 UTC
52 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Call for Pre­sen­ta­tion Pro­pos­als for Fau­n­a­lyt­ics Re­search Day

JLRiedi1 Jun 2022 18:27 UTC
10 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] An­i­mal welfare orgs: what are your soft­ware and data anal­y­sis needs?

BrownHairedEevee4 Jun 2022 22:27 UTC
36 points
10 comments1 min readEA link

Steer­ing AI to care for an­i­mals, and soon

Andrew Critch14 Jun 2022 1:13 UTC
189 points
38 comments1 min readEA link

Me­gapro­jects for animals

James Ozden13 Jun 2022 9:20 UTC
231 points
18 comments17 min readEA link

Rad­i­cal Empathy

Holden Karnofsky16 Feb 2017 12:41 UTC
27 points
3 comments6 min readEA link

De­sire the­o­ries of welfare and non­hu­man animals

MichaelStJules16 Jul 2022 18:52 UTC
20 points
5 comments4 min readEA link

Fauna Con­nec­tions—a free re­mote sym­po­sium for an­i­mal advocates

JLRiedi3 Aug 2022 21:57 UTC
9 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

All An­i­mals Are Equal

Introduction9 Sep 2014 16:45 UTC
13 points
4 commentsEA link

Mon­i­tor­ing Wild An­i­mal Welfare via Vocalizations

HannahMc10 Dec 2021 0:37 UTC
78 points
1 comment24 min readEA link

Notes from “Cog­ni­tion, welfare, and the prob­lem of in­ter­species com­par­i­sons”

BarryGrimes16 Nov 2021 9:17 UTC
28 points
0 comments11 min readEA link

Brian To­masik – The Im­por­tance of Wild-An­i­mal Suffering

Babel8 Jul 2009 12:42 UTC
12 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(longtermrisk.org)

Per­spec­tives on an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy in China

Animal_Ethics2 Aug 2021 18:05 UTC
26 points
1 comment5 min readEA link

How To Help Farmed An­i­mals Without Go­ing Ve­gan (A Hap­pier World video)

Jeroen_W18 Feb 2022 15:31 UTC
35 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Mis­sion-cor­re­lated in­vest­ing: Ex­am­ples of mis­sion hedg­ing and ‘lev­er­ag­ing’

jh11 Mar 2022 9:33 UTC
19 points
0 comments7 min readEA link

Wide­spread val­ues brainstorming

brb24315 Mar 2022 12:45 UTC
9 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

What in­ter­ven­tions in­fluence an­i­mal-product con­sump­tion? Plain-lan­guage sum­mary of a meta-review

Emily Grundy28 Mar 2022 3:21 UTC
32 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

No An­i­mals Were Harmed

Sjlver6 Apr 2022 5:57 UTC
8 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

[Question] What “pivotal” and use­ful re­search … would you like to see as­sessed? (Bounty for sug­ges­tions)

david_reinstein28 Apr 2022 15:49 UTC
34 points
21 comments7 min readEA link

Sum­mary: The Im­por­tance of End-of-Life Welfare | Brown­ing & Veit

Vasco Grilo22 Apr 2022 10:19 UTC
5 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

Rab­bits, robots and resurrection

Patrick Wilson10 May 2022 15:00 UTC
8 points
0 comments15 min readEA link

Com­par­i­son be­tween the he­do­nic util­ity of hu­man life and poul­try liv­ing time

Vasco Grilo8 Jun 2022 7:52 UTC
40 points
28 comments14 min readEA link

Hu­man and an­i­mal in­ter­ven­tions: the long-term view

Owen Cotton-Barratt2 Jun 2014 0:10 UTC
−2 points
18 commentsEA link

The Eco­nomics of An­i­mal Welfare

Leo13 Jun 2022 10:49 UTC
4 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(economics.stanford.edu)

In­tro­duc­ing Im­pact­ful An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy Com­mu­nity Newslet­ter!

SofiaBalderson15 Jun 2022 19:08 UTC
35 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

Are poul­try birds re­ally im­por­tant? Yes...

Vasco Grilo19 Jun 2022 18:24 UTC
12 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

AI ethics: the case for in­clud­ing an­i­mals (my first pub­lished pa­per, Peter Singer’s first on AI)

Fai12 Jul 2022 4:14 UTC
62 points
1 comment1 min readEA link
(link.springer.com)

[3] The Sub­jec­tive Ex­pe­rience of Time: Welfare Im­pli­ca­tions (Schukraft, 2020)

Will Aldred21 Jul 2022 22:38 UTC
13 points
2 comments2 min readEA link
(static1.squarespace.com)

Free-Rang­ing Dog Welfare in In­dia as a Cause Area

Akash Kulgod8 Aug 2022 14:53 UTC
5 points
3 comments8 min readEA link

Cause ex­plo­ra­tion: im­prov­ing wild fish slaugh­ter [half-baked, post-dead­line]

Aaron Bergman12 Aug 2022 10:47 UTC
14 points
0 comments8 min readEA link
No comments.