Tagarchief: animal welfare

The very complex welfare impact of fishing

Does fishing worsen the state of the oceans? For animal rights activists and most environmentalists, the answer seems evidently ‘yes’. But thinking more carefully, matters become very complicated. The easy, philosophical problem: measuring aggregate welfare First we need to solve … Lees verder

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My three top charities

After a long reflection of five years within effective altruism, I finally came up with my personal three top charities. The choice of these charities is based on my personal moral beliefs and estimates of the situation, by considering the … Lees verder

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Consider remarkable animal capabilities to expand the moral circle

The problem of animal agriculture and the solution of cellular agriculture The human consumption of animal products is terrible for all kinds of reasons (zoonotic infectious diseases, animal suffering, climate change,…). It is likely the biggest cause of suffering caused … Lees verder

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The environmental, health and welfare benefits of veganism

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Wild animal suffering, longtermism and population ethics

Should we prioritize wild animal welfare research? If we take a long-term perspective, the problem of wild animal suffering is likely to become very important and perhaps even dominant. But judging whether we should prioritize far future wild animal welfare … Lees verder

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The most important technologies and research disciplines for wild animal welfare

Wild animal suffering is most likely the biggest chunk of suffering in the world in the foreseeable future. Luckily there are important emerging technologies and research disciplines that help improve the welfare of all animals in nature. The three most … Lees verder

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Thought experiment: which dream do you prefer?

Imagine, before you go to sleep, I offer you a choice between different pills. If you take the black pill, you will not have a dream tonight. You will remain in a deep, unconscious sleep without experiences. There are no … Lees verder

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Ineffective actions and campaigns that can backfire

Effective altruism is not only about looking for actions that do the most good, but also about avoiding ineffective actions. Here I will give four examples of campaigns or actions that can backfire in the sense that they can do … Lees verder

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One day vegan…

What is the positive impact of eating a plant-based (vegan) diet for one day? A person with an omnivorous diet spends just a few minutes a day consuming animal products. But those few minutes cause a lot of harm. Replacing … Lees verder

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