When recommending different charities to start in the field of animal advocacy, a crucial question to consider first is which ask should be prioritized? Regardless of the approach - corporate outreach, governmental intervention or individuals focus intervention - we need to decide what we are going to ask them for in the first place.
This report considers gene modification for farmed animals with a focus on improving their welfare
This ask report considers interventions for stocked fish and fish used for bait.
Fish stocking is the practice of raising fish to be put into wild areas, such as rivers, to supplement the natural population. Bait fish are those caught to be used as bait for other fish. These two practices are commonly neglected within the animal ethics movement, despite there being potentially a comparable or even larger amount of animals affected by these two industries than by other animal-based industries that we have considered in previous research. This is heightened further as fish are one of our priority animals. Our speculative estimates are that a successful intervention for bait fish could save ~25 Welfare Points per animal, and for fish stocking ~23 Welfare Points per animal.
This ask report considers multiple interventions designed to reduce the consumption of meat.
Reducing the amount of meat that is consumed per person, even by small margins, can result in far fewer animals being born into factory farming. It makes sense, then, that multiple organisations focus on encouraging meat reduction. Broadly, these interventions fall under three categories: those aimed at consumers directly (such as Meatless Mondays), those aimed at institutions and companies (such as the Friendly Food Alliance), and those aimed at governmental change (such as altering national food recommendations). These kinds of interventions have the potential to have very big positive effects. One person partaking in Meatless Mondays for a year positively alters 43 welfare points, assuming all else is equal. Potentially, there are also other good external effects, including a better public perception of the animal ethics movement.
However, there are reasons to be skeptical about this area being of the highest impact for starting a charity.
This ask report considers humane slaughter and transportation methods with the aim of reducing suffering during particularly stressful events in animals’ lives.
This ask report considers the impact of increasing the price of meat products to reduce demand.
For each salmon produced, it takes ~5 other fish to be caught in order to feed it. Great numbers of fish killed every year are not used directly for human consumption, but for the purpose of being fed to other farmed fish. The amount of fish fed to other fish exceeds the number of fish sold to consumers by an order of magnitude: around 0.45 to 1.2 trillion annually compared to 48 to 160 billion slaughtered for food globally in 2015.
The Charity Entrepreneurship incubation program is built to to help new charity entrepreneurs start as high impact a charity as possible in as little time as possible. It will run for 2 months from June 17th to August 16th 2019. New organizations will be founded using seed grants at the end of the program.
Over the past few months, Charity Entrepreneurship has dedicated hours of work to researching ideas for potential animal charities that we believe could have uniquely high positive-impact. Our ask reports cover the impact of many different components of charitable interventions (for example, which animals to focus on). However, all of these reports are done only in the context of founding a new charity.