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Answer by S_AdiAug 17, 20234

I find it hard to convince myself that acts that promote speciesist attitudes (harming animals and ignoring their interests) wilfully can cause the best consequences for animals in the long term. It is currently empirically hard to compare the suffering due to hobby fishing, large scale fishing, bottom trawling, where fishes are asphyxiated, pierced etc. with that of being eaten by predators/disease/other natural harms,. I think a better strategy is to raise concern about animal suffering (anti- speciesism) and the natural harms they suffer,  while also researching what their welfare in the wild is and best ways to improve their wellbeing. Actively harming them in pursuit of saving them from wild harms seems to me sub optimal in terms of the overall consequences , at best we could promote sterilants or transform their ecosystemic factors to reduce suffering. It's also important to consdier the flow through effects.

Answer by S_AdiJul 27, 202280

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Answer by S_AdiMar 22, 202210

I would be interested in the following

  • Theory of change for animal liberation/ animal rights/ animal advocacy- Tobias Baumann/ Jamie Harris or someone from Animal Think Tank/ Open Phil - Maybe a talk followed by discussion - I think we still lack clarity on what kind of milestones should the movement optimise for the collective progress and structural changes needed, I think the development of the EAA movement is still quite dispersed and needs more discussion and coherence.
  • Talks exploring different considerations on Wild Animal Suffering both regarding outreach and academic research- Maybe representatives of Animal Ethics- Oscar Horta based on the recent blog post they published, or Wild Animal Initiative.
  • Session on insect welfare policy- I think we are at the right time to have an influence over the insect farming industry. Given that it is at a nascent stage, and the stakes are high, my opinion is it is of high importance to invest more discussion into this area. Speakers - Maybe from Rethink Priorities new org on Insect welfare?
  • Also I think learning more about the animal welfare movement from less talked about regions would be valuable i.e South east Asia, South America, Africa
  • Recent developments in the cellular ag/ clean meat industry and discussion on their technological feasibility-  folks from New Harvest and GFI?

Has the result analysis of the above survey been shared somewhere?

The authors cautiously conclude that “striving to eat a plant-based diet with lower intake of animal fats may be linked to better mental health” and express hope that, with further research, plant-based diets could one day be a considered as part of “front-line treatment for mood disorders.”-

Thank you for writing this thought provoking post. I relate with a lot of your thoughts. I faced a similar situation with cockroaches and ants that had infested my home, it was quite easy to just kill them. But pondering upon it I realised it would be very bad for them, I also considered the fact that maybe it's net positive to kill them now, because most future insects that'll be born would have a negative life. I tried vinegar, bay leaves, traps, they didn't work. Finally I bought a low power vaccum cleaner, sucked them out and relocated them to a park far away from my home. Most of them were unaffected by the suction however few did die. It was quite stressful decision. Maybe their life would be worse in the park than at my home, but I guessed it to be a better option than killing them myself. Fortunately, now I've found herbal non toxic vegan repellants to keep away cockroaches, ants and other insects which is working quite well. Just because the status quo of our society does not impose duties towards insects, does not mean that we shouldn't do our best to try reduce the harm as much as feasible. But I agree that we should accept responsibility for the consequences of our actions irrespective of the size of the sentient being.

I think it's also of noteworthy to include the trillions of sentient farmed animals that are and will be exploited and are being put through intense suffering for rest of the future as the demand for animal products continues to increase . Also the gigantic scale of suffering of the wild animals most of whom suffer and die in painful ways soon after coming into existence.