Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we reached our goal of raising $20,000! All of those donations were matched 100%, doubling contributions for animals in need. Some of the donations were also matched by the companies that donors worked for, leading to double or even triple matching. This shows how much good someone can do by donating for animals while working outside the animal movement. We are more constrained by funds than anything, and these donations make it possible for many talented people to contribute.
On behalf of everyone at Animal Ethics, we thank you for making this possible. Your support fuels our ability to create meaningful change for animals now and into the future.
We also want to thank our dozens of volunteers, some of whom have been with us for more than a decade. Without you, we would not have been able to to accomplish nearly as much. Thank you for being the heart of our organization!
In 2024, we continue to pursue our goals of reducing wild animal suffering and confronting speciesism worldwide through our outreach, courses, lectures, study groups, and educational content. This includes promoting help for animals in the wild, an overlooked issue in advocacy.
Here’s a preview of what 2024 looks like for us:
We’ll be working intensively with several animal advocacy and effective altruist groups, meeting twice a month to discuss topics in animal ethics. We’ll also help them develop their own advocacy materials and campaigns. We kicked off the year working with an advocacy group in Japan that intends to translate our workshop materials into Japanese and then become workshop facilitators themselves.
We’ve had a strong presence in India for several years. In 2023, we brought our message to Nepal, China, and southeast Asia. In 2024, we’ll build on this foundation by partnering with new organizations to raise awareness of the plight of animals and the need to consider the future for animals. More than half the world’s population lives in Asia, and there is growing interest but still little information about these issues throughout the region.
In Brazil, we’ll continue our series of university courses, study groups, and workshops, including a new course giving a very simple introduction to animal ethics. We’ll translate this course into English and other languages. We plan to run the third edition of the Conference on Animal Ethics in collaboration with the Regional Council of Veterinary Medicine of Paraná (Brazil).
We ended 2023 with a partnership between Animal Ethics with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) to run the Animal Ethics and Animal Minds workshop in December. In February of this year, we’ll collaborate again with USC to organize a workshop on animal ethics, with the participation of Gary O’Brien, Angela Martin, Pablo Magaña, and Oscar Horta.
We’ll continue to update our website with new writings, videos, literature reviews, and translated content to make it an even more valuable resource for helping animals. This includes new work about cognitive biases and clarifying the differences between animal ethics and environmentalist ethics. We also plan to add short video content to our website. And look out for Senti, our new AI assistant, currently in beta but due to be rolled out in Q1.
We continue to develop and disseminate our materials for high school students and our teacher training program in Spanish. As part of this program, we run online training workshops for our Teachers Network. We’re working on a short book for the general public giving an overview of the major issues in animal ethics, including the importance of considering the future. We plan to develop new materials for university students about reducing suffering for all sentient beings, wherever and whenever they live. As always, we’ll promote our free resources to educators and students around the world.
We proactively reach out to universities, high schools, conferences, and other venues to spread concern for all animals through talks and discussion panels. This expands awareness beyond those already involved in animal activism.
Thank you again for your incredible support and for helping us transform attitudes toward animals. With donors like you standing behind our work, we are able to create change that will have long lasting effects for animals and all sentient beings.