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Answer by ElliotTMay 27, 202260

Hi all, I am hiring for a UK Policy Officer focusing on Alternative Proteins at the Jeremy Coller Foundation. The position is full-time, London based.

The Jeremy Coller Foundation is a strategic grant-making organisation and the philanthropic vehicle that seeks to address animal welfare, environmental and human health issues caused by factory farming through grant-making, the FAIRR Initiative and numerous other initiatives. Recent initiatives include a newly formed policy team, the launch of the Coller Animal Law Forum (CALF) and the podcast series Ctrl-Alt-Meat.

This is a newly created role to focus on the policy ecosystem related to alternative protein industry in the United Kingdom, and over time, globally. The initial focus of the role will be supporting the UK policy work, engaging policymakers and government stakeholders.

Rolling applications, you can apply here. Right to work in the UK required.

I think an important piece of the puzzle that I didn't see mentioned here is that most people, most of the time resolve their cognitive dissonance towards eating animals by not experiencing it. We put slaughterhouses in the countryside, remove any heads or hooves or skin from our butchers, hang out with friends who do the same, and often make it illegal to film how animals are treated.

Bastian and Loughnan talk about this as passive dissonance avoidance in "resolving the meat paradox" which is a summary of the literature you can read here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57d2f8668419c276f91f3b04/t/5846ac15579fb36bace325ee/1481026582391/resolving-the-meat-paradox.pdf

To anyone interested in this topic, the other great review (in my opinion) is "Toward a Psychology of Human-Animal Relations" https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57d2f8668419c276f91f3b04/t/5846af5f9f74567368763722/1481027424005/toward-a-psychology-of-human-animal-relations.pdf

I read this book, and one chapter in I thought it was too slow and anecdote heavy, and put it down. I persisted because of a friend and found about a third of the way in the quality of the advice and pace really picked up.

If anyone decides to read it, persevere!