utility farm's mission is to research, raise awareness, and reduce the suffering of animals. utility farm publishes qualitative research and thought on utilitarianism, with a focus on applied ethics and wild animal suffering.
utility farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in the state of minnesota. donations are tax-deductible in the united states.
2018 was Utility Farm’s busiest year to date, and established the groundwork for an even more productive 2019.
Utility Farm would like to congratulate two organizations that have been chosen to receive the 2018 The Compassionate Cat Grant award.
Utility Farm’s outreach yielded some results, but they did not justify the time spent working on the project. We reached out to 92 scientists, had extended conversations about welfare biology with 26, but were only able to leave this process with 3 strong relationships, and with only one relationship with someone who we felt had become value-aligned.
We need your help to collect as much information as possible on effective messaging strategies on wild animal welfare!
Humane insecticide advocacy is a proposed approach that potentially avoids these pitfalls. In its simplest form, an insecticide currently in use is replaced with another one with a similar rate of effectiveness at killing, but that kills less painfully.
As part of its stewardship program, Utility Farm will be pursuing significant research into the viability and cost-effectiveness of humane insecticide advocacy in 2018 and 2019.
While reducing wild animal suffering is immensely complicated, Utility Farm believes it has identified one promising opportunity that meets this cost-effectiveness criterion and significantly reduces the harms caused by outdoor domestic cats—advocating for indoor cats.
We aren’t always the best at telling the world what we are doing, so we thought we’d provide an update on a few of the ongoing research projects that we have in the works
Due to the small size of the movement to create a research field of welfare biology, and to raise interest in reducing wild animal suffering, it is critical that proponents of reducing wild animal suffering use language carefully and effectively.