GLOBAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT
The work of The Humane League and other animal welfare activists led 161 new organisations to commit to using cage-free products, helping free millions of chickens from cruel battery cages.
One economics study suggests that a single consumer's choice to decline buying an animal product can have an impact on total production: egg production falls by 0.91 eggs for every 1 egg you give up; 0.56 gallons for every 1 gallon of milk; 0.68lb for every pound of beef; 0.74lb for every pound of pork; and 0.76lb for every of chicken.
In 2017, only 0.03% of total US philanthropic funding went towards farm animal causes; of this amount, just 0.8% of donations go specifically to farmed animal organizations.
Wild animal suffering is even more neglected, with very few organisations specifically focusing on improving the welfare of wild animals and probably less than $10 million USD per year being spent on addressing this problem.
Below are links to a number of resources to help you explore issues in GH&D and learn about how we can contribute to understanding and managing it as a cause area for concern.
Here are some popular introductions to animal advocacy which discuss the philosophical and moral arguments for improving the wellbeing of non-human animals.
Interventions & Solutions
Criticisms & Uncertainty
There is a degree of uncertainty when it comes to animal wellbeing. With many unknowns left to be resolved, some people have expressed specticisms over if, and to what extent, we need to focus on animal welfare.
GH&D and longtermism
Charities & Organisations
There are a number of organisations and groups which research and advocate for improved animal welfare.
Careers & Opportunities
Think that animal advocacy is important and something you would be interested in working on? Here you can find out more about how you can pursue a career in the field, or test your potential to have an impact in it.
'Global Health and Development' — Effective Altruism's cause profile on issues around global poverty, preventable disease and the evidence for foreign aid, interventions and systemic change.
Research & Analysis
GH&D is a cause area with a huge scope for exploration into potential problems and cost-effective policies and actions to take in order to address them. As a result, there are a number of research projects which seek to find the best ways to improve standards of physical and mental health across the globe. Often, this begins with shallow investigations, or