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Longtermism and Animals

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2022) Longtermism and Animals. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Work on longtermism has thus far primarily focused on the existence and wellbeing of future humans, without corresponding consideration of animal welfare. This omission shall be remedied here, providing reasons for and methods of extending longtermist thinking to all sentient animals. Given the sheer expected number of future animals, as well as the likelihood of their suffering, we argue that the well-being of future animals should be given serious consideration when thinking about the long-term future, allowing for the possibility that in some cases their interests may even dominate. We finish with a discussion of some potential interventions and areas of research focus that are likely to have the greatest impact, particularly steering individual and institutional value change toward those values, policies and structures toward those most likely to have positive effects for future animals.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: longtermism, animals, welfare, wellbeing, sentience, moral status
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > AI and Ethics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 14:04
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 00:58
Item ID: 21572
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > AI and Ethics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21572

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