The Benefits of Cause-Neutrality

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. At first glance, farm animal advocacy seems to be the top priority for reducing the suffering of all sentient beings. However, a more detailed analysis suggests that there are several different contenders for ultimate priority: Besides farm animal advocacy, this includes (but […]

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The Importance of the Far Future

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Most charities focus their work on helping individuals who already exist, while few charities try to explicitly benefit individuals who will live in the future. Although it is understandable that people empathize primarily with currently existing individuals, this raises fundamental ethical questions: […]

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The Relevance of Wild Animal Suffering

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Society has become increasingly aware of the suffering of animals due to human beings. Many will be familiar with the shocking realities of factory farming, or will have seen horrific images of animal testing, neglected and abused pets, the systematic murder of […]

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The Strongest Argument for Veganism

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Strong arguments derive their (surprising, counter-intuitive and far-reaching) conclusions from modest premises that everybody accepts. Here’s one such premise: (1) We shouldn’t be cruel to animals, i.e. we shouldn’t harm animals unnecessarily. This principle is common sense, and it’s also contained in […]

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The Case against Speciesism

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. A full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversible animal, than an infant of a day, a week or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The […]

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