This cause area focuses on interventions that reduce the most animal suffering as cost-effectively as possible. Within the three-factor cause prioritization framework, we find that the biggest source of human caused suffering is through factory farming. An estimated 70 billion land animals and between 37 to 120 billion fish are farmed and slaughtered for food annually. The majority of these animals experience intense suffering during their lives and nearly all suffer needlessly cruel deaths.
As with poverty alleviation, improving animal welfare is complex and can be approached both directly and indirectly. Some promising campaigns focus on: corporate lobbying, i.e. encouraging animal industries to raise their welfare standards; public outreach aimed at encouraging people to reduce consumption of animal productions; and alternative meat products such as plant-based meat and cultured/clean meat.
We recommend the Good Food Institute and the Humane Slaughter Association because of their dedication to reducing the worst forms of animal suffering through research, advocacy, and outreach.
Additional standout animal welfare charities
In addition to the top recommendations, REG believes the following animal welfare charities to be highly cost-effective. They’re not featured on the donation page, but if you want to donate to them please get in touch with us.
- Animal Ethics: Working to spread anti-speciesist messages in public, as well as academic and professional spheres. They do this by curating, publishing and disseminating research into overlooked matters of moral importance such as sentience, animal cognition, and wild animal suffering.
- Wild Animal Initiative: Working to understand and improve the lives of animals in the wild.
- The Humane League: Working to reduce animal suffering through education and corporate campaigns to improve animal welfare standards.
- Animal Equality: Working with society, governments, and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals.
- Albert Schweitzer Foundation: Working to reduce animal suffering through education and corporate campaigns to improve animal welfare standards.