We discuss how to conduct a survey to find out whether there is opposition to factory farming, whether political support has risen or fallen, what to learn from the EU's success in pro-animal welfare policies, and what the movement should do next after cage-free campaigns. For that, we are joined by the exceptional Neil Dullaghan. He is a Senior Researcher Manager at ReThink Priorities. He works in the farmed animal welfare team, with expertise in EU policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Political & Social Science from the European University Institute and an MPhil in European Politics & Society from the University of Oxford. Neil's work looks at political support for animal welfare in the EU and outside as well as strategies and policies the movement should adopt.

Neil has been so kind as to share further readings and resources:

EU Harmonisation effect

  •  Section 7 of Prof. Broom's European Parliament report on animal welfare
  • The animal welfare section (pages 215-219) in the book "The Brussels effect" by Bradford.

Animal equality report on enforcement, & calls for action on fish

Metaculus questions on


  • My report on cultured meat (Dullaghan and Zhang, 2022)
  • total US plant-based meat production in 2020 was 90,000 to 180,000 metric tons (the former according to Shapiro (2020) and this paywalled page from Meatingplace.com cited in Bollard (2020); the latter according to data obtained from FoodTrending.com). 13M metric tons of alternative protein (meat, seafood, milk, eggs, and dairy, excluding pulses, tofu, and tempeh) were consumed globally in 2020 (BCG 2021). ~545M metric tons of conventional meat, including seafood, is produced each year (according to OurWorldinData), mostly via the industrial farming of animals.




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