An­i­mal Ethics

TagLast edit: 3 Sep 2023 23:34 UTC by keltan

Animal Ethics relates to how we ought to treat Non-Human Animals. Current treatment of animals is potentially a moral emergency. Though these discussions are underway.

“There is no fundamental difference between humans and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”
- Darwin

The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’
- Jeremy Bentham

Animal Ethics covers a lot of ground, including but not limited to:
Animal Rights, Vegetarian/​Veganism, Diet, Effectiveness of these methodologies, Nutrition, Industrial Meat Production, Sentience, History, Animal Welfare, Speciesism, Other things?

(If your post relates to Non-Human Animals and their internal states, it probably belongs here)

For Further Info, Here is an introduction by Peter Singer

Those who play in these woods should dance with care, the forest is dense here, it is easy to trip on a root or your foot.

Unfortunately, there are few topics you less want to come up at a non-rational dinner party than Animal Ethics as it can be highly contentious.
Before engaging with this section of LessWrong, weather you believe Non-Human Animals deserve rights or not, please take a deep breath… and remember your training as a rationalist.

5. Mo­ral Value for Sen­tient An­i­mals? Alas, Not Yet

RogerDearnaley27 Dec 2023 6:42 UTC
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Some thoughts on veg­e­tar­i­anism and veganism

Richard_Ngo14 Feb 2022 2:40 UTC
35 points
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An­i­mal welfare EA and per­sonal dietary options

Rob Bensinger5 Jan 2022 18:53 UTC
37 points
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Book Re­view: The Ethics of What We Eat

Jonah_O18 Oct 2021 8:16 UTC
20 points
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Ar­gu­ments Against Speciesism

Lukas_Gloor28 Jul 2013 18:24 UTC
30 points
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Can a Ve­gan Diet Be Healthy? A Liter­a­ture Review

Erich_Grunewald12 Mar 2021 12:47 UTC
26 points
0 comments11 min readLW link

Wire­head your Chickens

shminux20 Jun 2018 5:49 UTC
86 points
53 comments2 min readLW link

Why I’m Not Vegan

jefftk9 Apr 2020 13:00 UTC
30 points
23 comments2 min readLW link

Four Fo­cus Areas of Effec­tive Altruism

lukeprog9 Jul 2013 0:59 UTC
67 points
55 comments5 min readLW link

Pre­limi­nary thoughts on moral weight

lukeprog13 Aug 2018 23:45 UTC
93 points
49 comments8 min readLW link2 reviews

Effec­tive Altru­ism Through Ad­ver­tis­ing Vege­tar­i­anism?

Peter Wildeford12 Jun 2013 18:50 UTC
29 points
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Why Eat Less Meat?

Peter Wildeford23 Jul 2013 21:30 UTC
64 points
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When should an Effec­tive Altru­ist be veg­e­tar­ian?

KatjaGrace22 Nov 2014 5:04 UTC
35 points
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Raemon24 Dec 2010 4:57 UTC
40 points
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How Pet Own­ers Can Help Wild An­i­mals and The Environment

ozymandias1 Jun 2018 21:57 UTC
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An ar­gu­ment that an­i­mals don’t re­ally suffer

Solvent7 Jan 2012 9:07 UTC
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Richard Dawk­ins on vivi­sec­tion: “But can they suffer?”

XiXiDu4 Jul 2011 16:56 UTC
19 points
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Valu­ing Sen­tience: Can They Suffer?

jefftk29 Jul 2013 12:39 UTC
9 points
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Is skil­led hunt­ing un­eth­i­cal?

JamesFaville17 Feb 2018 18:48 UTC
6 points
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AGI x An­i­mal Welfare: A High-EV Outreach Op­por­tu­nity?

simeon_c28 Jun 2023 20:44 UTC
29 points
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Weigh­ing An­i­mal Worth

jefftk28 Sep 2023 13:50 UTC
25 points
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Killing the ants

Joe Carlsmith7 Feb 2021 23:17 UTC
76 points
27 comments8 min readLW link1 review

Is top-down ve­g­anism un­eth­i­cal?

Malmesbury22 Aug 2021 16:53 UTC
13 points
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Quick gen­eral thoughts on suffer­ing and consciousness

Rob Bensinger30 Oct 2021 18:05 UTC
37 points
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There Meat Come A Scan­dal...

NicholasKross7 Nov 2021 20:52 UTC
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Eat the cute an­i­mals instead

Andrew Vlahos21 Nov 2021 1:06 UTC
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Tears Must Flow

sapphire30 Nov 2021 18:37 UTC
21 points
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Mo­ral Weights of Six An­i­mals, Con­sid­er­ing View­point Uncer­tainty—Seeds of Science call for reviewers

rogersbacon26 May 2022 13:36 UTC
9 points
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Some thoughts on Animals

nitinkhanna9 Jul 2022 2:11 UTC
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Peter Singer’s first pub­lished piece on AI

Fai15 Jul 2022 6:18 UTC
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[Linkpost] Can lab-grown brains be­come con­scious?

Jack R28 Aug 2022 17:45 UTC
14 points
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EA, Ve­ganism and Nega­tive An­i­mal Utilitarianism

Yair Halberstadt4 Sep 2022 18:30 UTC
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Notes on Kindness

David Gross3 Jul 2021 21:47 UTC
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Solu­tion to the two en­velopes prob­lem for moral weights

MichaelStJules19 Feb 2024 0:15 UTC
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[Question] Am I eth­i­cally obli­gated to ex­tend the life of my dog with life-ex­ten­sion treat­ments about to hit the mar­ket?

TrudosKudos11 Dec 2023 19:41 UTC
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De­mand offsetting

paulfchristiano21 Mar 2021 18:20 UTC
131 points
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In­ter­view with Chris­tine M. Kors­gaard: An­i­mal Ethics, Kan­ti­anism, Utilitarianism

Erich_Grunewald8 May 2021 11:44 UTC
11 points
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Which an­i­mals can suffer?

Just Learning1 Jun 2021 3:42 UTC
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Which an­i­mals re­al­ize which types of sub­jec­tive welfare?

MichaelStJules27 Feb 2024 19:31 UTC
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Gra­da­tions of moral weight

MichaelStJules29 Feb 2024 23:08 UTC
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Sen­tience In­sti­tute 2023 End of Year Summary

michael_dello27 Nov 2023 12:11 UTC
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Tak­ing Into Ac­count Sen­tient Non-Hu­mans in AI Am­bi­tious Value Learn­ing: Sen­tien­tist Co­her­ent Ex­trap­o­lated Volition

Adrià Moret2 Dec 2023 14:07 UTC
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I Really Don’t Un­der­stand Eliezer Yud­kowsky’s Po­si­tion on Consciousness

J Bostock29 Oct 2021 11:09 UTC
102 points
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A Longter­mist case against Veganism

Connor Tabarrok20 Oct 2022 14:30 UTC
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The Ethics of Eat­ing Seafood: A Ra­tional Discussion

Jonathan Grant15 Mar 2023 17:55 UTC
1 point
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Against Dog Ownership

Ben Pace23 Mar 2020 9:17 UTC
54 points
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Creat­ing Welfare Biol­ogy: A Re­search Proposal

ozymandias16 Nov 2017 19:06 UTC
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Map­ping Fun The­ory onto the challenges of eth­i­cal foie gras

HonoreDB7 Dec 2011 20:47 UTC
49 points
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Can This Idea Dra­mat­i­cally Im­prove Effec­tive Ve­gan Ac­tivism?

NothingIsArt19 Mar 2023 23:39 UTC
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Evolu­tion “failure mode”: chickens

Yuxi_Liu26 Apr 2019 11:42 UTC
21 points
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Un­der­wa­ter Tor­ture Cham­bers: The Hor­ror Of Fish Farming

omnizoid26 Jul 2023 0:27 UTC
80 points
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Mike Dar­win on an­i­mal re­search, moral cow­ardice, and rea­son­ing in an un­car­ing universe

Synaptic25 Aug 2012 16:38 UTC
36 points
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In­fant Mor­tal­ity and the Ar­gu­ment from Life History

ozymandias4 Oct 2017 23:10 UTC
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Knowl­edge Base 3: Shop­ping ad­vi­sor and other uses of knowl­edge base about products

iwis9 Oct 2023 11:53 UTC
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Public Opinion on AI Safety: AIMS 2023 and 2021 Summary

25 Sep 2023 18:55 UTC
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[Question] What are some posthu­man­ist/​more-than-hu­man ap­proaches to defi­ni­tions of in­tel­li­gence and agency? Par­tic­u­larly in ap­pli­ca­tion to AI re­search.

Eli Hiton9 Apr 2024 21:52 UTC
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