Animal Ethics (organization)

Animal Ethics is a nonprofit organization formed to promote discussion and debate around issues in animal ethics and to provide information and resources for animal advocates. They also do outreach work in several countries on the issue of speciesism.[4][5] Their aim is to create a world where moral consideration is extended to all sentient beings.[6][7] The organization's website covers topics such as speciesism, sentience, veganism and wild animal suffering and has content translated into several languages.[8]

Animal Ethics
Formation2012 (2012)
FoundersDaniel Dorado, Oscar Horta, Leah Mckelvie
Registration no.EIN 46-1062870
Legal status501(c)(3) organization[1]
PurposePromotion of animal rights and antispeciesism
Official language
English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Romanian,[2] Mandarin Chinese, Hindi[3]


Animal Ethics was co-founded by Daniel Dorado, Oscar Horta and Leah Mckelvie in 2012.[9] A stated aim for establishing the organization by Horta was the promotion of welfare biology as a field of research.[10]

Animal Charity Evaluators recommended Animal Ethics as one of its standout charities from December 2015 to November 2017.[11]


In 2015 and 2017, Animal Ethics awarded an essay prize for essays on the topic of animal suffering in the wild.[12]

In 2018, the organization started to work in Chinese.[13]

In 2020, Animal Ethics released an online course on wild animal suffering.[14] In the same year, they extended their outreach work to India[15] and started a website in Hindi.[16]

As of April 2022, Animal Ethics participated in the World Day for the End of Speciesism in 2020 and 2021 by broadcasting series of online talks about speciesism in English, Portuguese and Spanish.[17][18]

See also

  • List of animal rights groups
  • Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
  • UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics
  • Wild Animal Initiative


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  2. "Animal Ethics website is available in 10 languages, now including Romanian". Animal Ethics. March 18, 2022. Archived from the original on March 31, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  3. Ethics, Animal (2020-09-29). "Introducing our website in Hindi". Animal Ethics. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  4. "About Us". Animal Ethics. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  5. "Animal Ethics". Raising for Effective Giving. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  6. "About Animal Ethics Vision, Mission and Values" (PDF). Animal Charity Evaluators. 2017. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  7. McKelvie, Leah (2015-05-11). "Seeking to Increase Awareness of Speciesism and Its Impact on All Animals: a Report on 'Animal Ethics'". Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism. 3 (1): 101–104. doi:10.7358/rela-2015-001-mcke. ISSN 2280-9643.
  8. "Animal Ethics leaflets are available in seven different languages". Animal Ethics. 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  9. "Conversation with Leah McKelvie". Animal Charity Evaluators. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  10. Matthews, Dylan (2021-04-12). "The wild frontier of animal welfare". Vox. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  11. "Animal Ethics Review". Animal Charity Evaluators. November 2017. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  12. "2nd Animal Ethics Essay Prize Announcement". Animal Ethics. 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  13. "Animal Ethics 2018" (PDF). Animal Ethics. 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  14. "Announcing the first video of an online course on wild animal suffering". Animal Ethics. 2020-02-29. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  15. "Animal Ethics starts working in India". Animal Ethics. 2020-01-30. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  16. Ethics, Animal (2020-09-29). "Introducing our website in Hindi". Animal Ethics. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  17. "Talks for the World Day for the End of Speciesism". Animal Ethics. August 15, 2020. Archived from the original on May 11, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  18. "World Day for the End of Speciesism". Animal Ethics. August 14, 2021. Archived from the original on October 31, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
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