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Invisible Animals

Invisible Animals

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The Protein Lab!

The Protein Lab!

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Sentience demands the RRRevolution!

Sentience demands the RRRevolution!

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Initiative to abolish factory farming

Initiative to abolish factory farming

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Initiative “Basic rights for primates”

Initiative “Basic rights for primates”

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Sustainable food

Sustainable food

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Our approach is pragmatic and collaborative. We work with the direct democratic means available to us at the communal, cantonal and national levels. Our efforts are focused on agriculture, consumption, and animal dignity as defined in the Swiss federal constitution. A drastic reduction in the consumption of animal-based food is needed, but we realise that change will not happen overnight. We push for food system reform through political and institutional outreach.

Our roots in Effective Altruism motivate us to reduce animal suffering as efficiently as possible, and so to center our reasoning on their experience in the here and now. We are mindful, though, that the longterm environmental impact of animal agriculture represents the scope for even greater magnitudes of suffering as it affects us all. We therefore place great emphasis on the interconnectedness of harms and seek to build a broad and politically diverse supporter base.

Agriculture

Agriculture

Agriculture
Consumption

Consumption

Consumption
Animal dignity

Animal dignity

Animal dignity

Latest articles

Rethinking Pigeon Welfare in Urban Environments

Rethinking Pigeon Welfare in Urban Environments

200’000 to 300’000 pigeons live amongst us in Swiss cities. In the absence of an animal-friendly pigeon management concept, the number of birds has exploded in many cities. Their overpopulation is causing apprehension regarding public health.

Rethinking Pigeon Welfare in Urban Environments
The “invisible” animals need your help

The “invisible” animals need your help

Acknowledging the capacity for suffering as a crucial moral criterion is the core concern of Sentience. Therefore, we aim to give a voice to those animals whose well-being receives no attention in our society - the “invisible” animals.

The “invisible” animals need your help
Animal Welfare and Swiss Agricultural Policy: What Does the Population Think?

Animal Welfare and Swiss Agricultural Policy: What Does the Population Think?

When the Swiss people are polled regarding the objectives of agricultural policy, a key concern consistently arises: animal welfare. What actions can we take in response to these findings?

Animal Welfare and Swiss Agricultural Policy: What Does the Population Think?
Annual Report 2023

Annual Report 2023

The landmark votes on the Primate Initiative and the Initiative to Abolish Factory Farming in 2022 sparked significant attention and much-needed discussions. Last year, we were able to build on this momentum and advance our vision with broad support.

Annual Report 2023
Interspecies diplomacy: ever a possibility?  Decoding

Interspecies diplomacy: ever a possibility? Decoding

Despite the current Swiss political scene, the environmental emergency continues, and its impact on all beings is evermore pressing. And so, we must start now to think about what engaging diplomatically with non-human animals will look like.

Interspecies diplomacy: ever a possibility? Decoding
One donation, double the impact ✊

One donation, double the impact ✊

Our voice for the animals is more important than ever. Until the end of December, every donation to Sentience will be doubled. For you, this means: one donation, double the impact!

One donation, double the impact ✊
A strong alliance for animals

A strong alliance for animals

In collaboration with organizations that supported the initiative to abolish factory farming last year, we devoted two days to exploring ways to enhance the well-being of animals in Swiss agriculture.

A strong alliance for animals
Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance

Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance

Sentience is the first Swiss organization to join the alliance, which was founded in 2016. In doing so, our organization is committing to become an even stronger advocate for the interests of chickens at home and abroad in the future.

Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance