How we drive change
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.
We lost the vote, and factory farmed animals still need our help
Swiss voters have now decided the outcome of our flagship initiative to abolish factory farming, which was launched by Sentience in 2018. The incredible support of our partner organisations, network of volunteers and public figures made it possible…
Despite defeat: Factory farming has won Switzerland’s attention
The Swiss electorate rejected the initiative against factory farming. As part of the sponsoring committee, Sentience is pleased that the initiative has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Since the initiative's launch in 2018…
Our Initiative to abolish factory farming takes centre stage across Switzerland
If you take a walk around Zurich or other metropolitan areas in Switzerland today, you will likely come across our campaign posters urging as many voters as possible to say ‘yes!’ to a better future for animals. We are excited to...
Our new website is here!
Exciting changes are happening at Sentience. We have just finished a rebranding of our site and launched an English version for our international audience. If you are new to our work, here is a quick overview of recent developments.