Primates initiative: Double your donation!
We have launched the world’s first popular initiative on fundamental rights for primates! A large donor has agreed to double all donations until 16 August – up to a total sum of 40,000 Euros. Monthly donations will be doubled for the first 12 months. An example: you donate a monthly sum of CHF 100. Our donor will double this sum to a monthly CHF 200!
Who we are
We believe that any individual capable of suffering deserves moral consideration. No matter who they are, where they live, or what species they happen to be. As part of the effective altruism movement, we rely on rationality and empirical science to point us in the right direction. Sentience Politics is effective altruism for all sentient beings.
Why we work on fundamental rights for primates
Sentience Politics selects and prioritizes campaigns based on their potential impact, i.e. the number of individuals affected. One of our ongoing campaigns concerns fundamental rights for primates, which may seem ineffective at first glance. After all, the number of non-human primates is almost negligible compared to the number of animals suffering on factory farms – so […]
How much suffering is necessary? The sad state of UK animal law
Summary: Animal law in the UK purports to protect animals from ‘unnecessary suffering’. It does no such thing. In reality, the test for whether a cruel practice is legal is whether it is an industry-wide accepted norm. As well as traditional animal advocacy focussing on dietary and individual change, we should do three things. First, […]
Current Policy Papers
Industrial livestock production presents a growing problem on a global scale in terms of animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and human health. One solution might be cultured meat, in which animal tissue is grown in a controlled environment using cell culture technology, thereby making the raising and killing of animals for food unnecessary. This approach shows great potential of meeting all the requirements of a humane, sustainable and healthy form of meat production.Full Text
Fundamental Rights for Primates
Nonhuman primates are highly complex beings, possessing an intrinsic, essential interest in living a life of bodily and mental integrity. However, current legal provisions worldwide hardly accommodate these interests. Therefore, nonhuman primates need to be protected by fundamental rights which guarantee that their essential interests are respected. In this policy paper, we first propose a scientific and moral basis for such rights and subsequently give several arguments for why such rights are needed. We conclude by suggesting a number of ways to implement fundamental rights to life and physical as well as mental integrity for nonhuman primates.Full Text