Expanding the moral circle (Kelly Witwicki)

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Approximately 95% of the 100 billion animals being raised for food right now suffer in "factory farm" conditions. There are at least a thousand times more wild animals, many of them in dire circumstances, and vastly more beings might exist in the distant future as humanity's technological capabilities grow. All of these individuals lie outside humanity's current moral circle, so substantial progress could be made by helping society account for their interests. 

Sentience Institute researches and promotes the most effective strategies to expand humanity’s moral circle to include all sentient beings, meaning those beings who experience happiness and suffering, regardless of their sex, race, species, substrate, location, or any other characteristic. 

This talk covers Sentience Institute’s plans and introduces its first publication: "A Summary of Evidence for Foundational Questions in Effective Animal Advocacy".

In the future, we may post a transcript for this talk, but we haven't created one yet. If you'd like to create a transcript, contact Aaron Gertler — he can help you get started.

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