October 12, 2017

Infant Mortality and the Argument from Life History

Cross-posted from Ozy Brennan’s personal website  Many people argue that suffering predominates in nature. A really simple formof the argument, supported by people like Brian Tomasik, is what one might call the argument from life history. In general, in most species, females produce many more offspring than can survive to adulthood; in some cases, a female may…

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October 4, 2017

We Have No Idea If There Are Cost-Effective Interventions Into Wild-Animal Suffering

Cross-posted from Ozy Brennan’s personal website with minor edits. I sometimes see people claiming very confidently that wild-animal welfare is completely intractable and there are no cost-effective interventions we can do to improve wild animals’ welfare. (Exact implications of this claim generally depend on the speakers’ values.) This is honestly a quite extraordinarily claim. Think of all…

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September 26, 2017

Our Room For More Funding

Wild-Animal Suffering Research is currently funded by a $30,000 grant from Effective Altruism Funds - Animal Welfare. The funding covers the part-time work of three research associates until the end of May 2018. Our administrative and IT expenses are covered by the Effective Altruism Foundation. We estimate we can use up to $93,660 for the next…

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July 20, 2017

Introducing the Wild-Animal Suffering Research Project

We’re very excited to announce that the Wild-Animal Suffering Research project has just launched its new website. We are a small team of researchers dedicated to exploring ways to reduce the suffering experienced by nonhuman animals in nature. We do this by conducting multidisciplinary research across ecology, welfare biology, philosophy and economics. To learn more…

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