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.
At a political level, Sentience currently has two popular initiatives underway that pursue the aim of centering animal interests in the public discourse. The national Initiative against factory farming calls for higher animal protection standards and the abolition of factory farming. The initiative will be debated in the winter session 2021 of the National Council. If it goes through, it could lead to a national referendum, taking the issue of factory farming to voters for the very first time.
In the canton of Basel-Stadt, we are running the Primate Initiative campaign. We want to guarantee the right to life and the right to mental and physical integrity for primates. The referendum will be held on 13 February 2022.
After seven years of political advocacy for animals, we think it’s time to be more visible in our impact and professionalism. Our logo and website have been given a makeover. We have also been able to expand our team over the last year.
We are pleased to welcome nine new team members in the areas of campaigns, communications, and fundraising. Together with our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and volunteers, the team brings critical animal issues to the political floor. What do you think of our new look? Please take a moment to let us know.
Key Learnings 2022
Both of our initiatives represented landmark achievements for Sentience. They shaped the public discourse in 2022 and contributed to the slow inculcation of animal ethics into mainstream society. Yet, there is room for improvement.
Annual Report 2022
The past year was a huge milestone in the recent history of our association. With the Primate Initiative in Basel and the national referendum on factory farming, two proposals of historical importance came to the ballot box.
Introducing the Protein Lab 2023
We are pleased to introduce our first fully-funded project for 2023. Protein Lab comprises a series of one-day workshops where experts will come together to discuss how our food system can transition towards plant-based protein sources.
Meet the team who will take our work forward in 2023
The most eventful year so far is coming to an end for Sentience. Get to know our new team and support our Matching Challenge so that we can continue our commitment to non-human animals.
Double Your Donation by December 31
We would like to announce an exciting giving opportunity! From now until the end of the year, all donations to Sentience will be matched up to a total of 30,000 CHF. This matching challenge is made possible thanks to a few generous donors...
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...