Zoé Newton
Project employee

Zoé Newton

Zoé started as a research volunteer in May 2023, and is now working as a research associate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva, and a Master’s degree in Animal Studies from New York University.

During her studies, she created a documentary on urban rats in New York City. She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book about urban rat welfare.
Zoé has loved animals from a very young age. During her undergraduate studies, she realized that animals in politics were often overlooked, and decided to make a change through her work with Sentience.

In her spare time, Zoé enjoys running, boxing, cooking, writing and documentary filmmaking. Last but not least, Zoé is the guardian of two wonderful cats: Zola & Looney.

Articles by Zoé Newton

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
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?
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