Moral Weight Series

This sequence is about comparing the capacity for welfare and moral status across different groups of animals. The primary goal of this sequence is to improve the way resources are allocated within the effective animal advocacy movement in the medium-to-long-term. A secondary goal is to improve the allocation of resources between human-focused cause areas and nonhuman-animal-focused cause areas.

  • In the first post Jason Schukraft lays the conceptual framework for the rest of the series, outlining different theories of welfare and moral status and the relationship between the two.
  • In the second post, he compares two methodologies for measuring capacity for welfare and moral status.
  • In the third post, he describes what the subjective experience of time is, why it matters, and why it’s plausible that there are morally significant differences in the subjective experience of time across species.
  • In the fourth post, he explores critical flicker-fusion frequency as a potential proxy for the subjective experience of time.
  • In the fifth post, Schukraft summarizes the third and fourth posts and presents his main conclusions.