Our projects

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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Topics

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

Let’s help the invisible residents of our cities

Let’s help the invisible residents of our cities

The standard approach to rat control involves the use of rodenticides, causing rats to suffer agonising muscular and joint pain before death. Join us in making a difference.

Let’s help the invisible residents of our cities
Keep the bees buzzing

Keep the bees buzzing

Switzerland is home to more than 600 species of wild bees, and counts several billion honey bees. All these insects’ lives are threatened because of the use of pesticides. We must act now to preserve all bee species.

Keep the bees buzzing
Out of sight, out of mind – why we need stricter rules for aquaculture

Out of sight, out of mind – why we need stricter rules for aquaculture

Aquaculture poses a massive threat to the welfare of fish. They are confined in basins under conditions that would be deemed unacceptable even in factory farming. Yet, their cognitive abilities often match or exceed those of other vertebrates.

Out of sight, out of mind – why we need stricter rules for aquaculture
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?
We need a strong counterweight

We need a strong counterweight

The significant gains made by the agricultural lobby in the parliamentary elections of autumn 2023 pushed sustainable Swiss agriculture with location-adapted food production even further into the distant future.

We need a strong counterweight
Overcoming political polarisation

Overcoming political polarisation

The majority of the population wants animals to be well cared for. However, the post-vote survey results revealed significant ideological divides that I had not expected.

Overcoming political polarisation