Understand the Issues and Join the Conversation

Understand the Issues

Wild animal advocates have created many outlets for research, outreach, and other projects.  Here are just a few sites you can use to gain and spread knowledge about issues affecting animals in nature.

Wild Animal Initiative is a new organization created from the merger of two previous wild animal welfare organization: Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR) and Utility Farm (UF). Wild Animal Initiative, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in the state of Minnesota. Our goals for 2019: 1) Improve our understanding of the issues, 2) Develop strategies to improve wild animal welfare, and 3) Build a community of researchers and advocates.

Animal Ethics has a collection of articles on the reality and importance of wild animal suffering and how it can be addressed.  Their Ethics and Sentience pages are also excellent introductions to essential ideas in animal advocacy, including advocacy for animals in nature, and you can find lots of other relevant content on their blog. Versions of their site are available in eight different languages.

Sentience Politics has a blog with many posts on species prejudice, social strategy, and other issues relevant to wild animal advocacy, as well as posts narrowly focused on animals in nature (you can find these with a filter).  The introduction and booklet on their about page are also excellent introductory materials relevant to all forms of animal advocacy.

Essays on Reducing Suffering has many essays on wild animal issues.  Nearly all also have references to other sources that you can use to get familiar with important facts and perspectives on suffering in nature.  You can find some of the most relevant essays under “Wild-animal suffering,” “Insects and other invertebrates,” and “Welfare biology,” although there are also many in other sections.

Join the Conversation

There is now a growing number of online communities focused on improving the lives of wild animals.  Here is a non-exhaustive list of spaces where you can network, find and share resources, and engage with others about these issues.

Reducing Wild Animal Suffering (Reddit)

Reducing Wild-Animal Suffering (Facebook)

Reducing Insect Suffering (Facebook)
Wild Animal Welfare Project Discussion (Facebook)