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Cognitive biases and animal welfare
Clearer Thinking with Spencer Greenberg
The Environment And Animals Deserve More Than Just 3% Of Our Charitable Giving
Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money
We Will Look Back on This Age of Cruelty to Animals in Horror
The New York Times
Animal Welfare: Our Recommendations for the Giving Season
International Effective Giving Day
Effective Animal Advocacy
Effective Altruism University
Leah Edgerton and Manja Gärtner on Animal Charity Evaluation
Hear This Idea
The Best Value of your Animal Charitable Donations
The Other Animals, WWDB-AM
Want to Help Animals? Here’s Where to Donate Your Money
These Are the Charities Where Your Money Will Do the Most Good
If You Care About Animals, Should You Donate to Shelters—or to Stop Industrial Agriculture?
Philanthropists Are Failing to Tackle the Most Important Problems of Our Time
Philanthropy In Focus
Effective Altruists Live to Give
We Need to Talk About Veganism
Doing Good Better with Your Money
Can I Retire Yet
How to Give Smarter on Giving Tuesday
An Ethical Guide to Responsible Giving
Bridging the Gap to Farm Animals
Want to Help Animals? Don’t Forget the Chickens.
Donors Look for Charities with the Greatest Future Impact (Paywall)
The Poker Pro Who Wants to Save the World
Applying The Scientific Method To Charity
Save the Chicken
Revolution On The Animal Farm
Do You Truly Love Animals?
The Truth About Animal Charities, Cats and Dogs
Interview with ACE Executive Director Jon Bockman
Our Hen House
What if the Most Good You Can Do is to Help Animals?
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Interview with ACE Executive Director Jon Bockman
Animal advocacy in a global context
How can we think about effectiveness across geographical and cultural contexts? How can North American and European advocates support advocacy in other parts of the world, such as India and China, in responsible and impactful ways? In this talk Marianne, ACE’s former Movement Grants Program Officer, explores the pros and cons of different approaches to international advocacy.
EA Global 2019: San Francisco
While the EA movement has grown to influence a substantial amount of funding within animal advocacy, we still struggle with a lack of strong evidence behind many of the field’s most common interventions. In this talk, ACE Executive Director Leah Edgerton discusses strategies advocates can use to gather more evidence in the long term and avoid overconfidence in the short term.
ACE’s Executive Director, Leah Edgerton, discusses the unique characteristics—and challenges—faced in the animal welfare cause area, and how ACE addresses these challenges within an effective altruism framework.
Why Farmed Animals? Cause Prioritization Explained.
Ever wonder why many of our recommended charities focus on farmed animal advocacy? In this short animated video, we explain cause prioritization—and how it helps us determine where to focus our efforts as advocates.
Effective Altruism: how we can maximize our impact in the animal rights movement
Have you ever wondered how the principles of effective altruism apply to animal advocacy and ACE’s work specifically? Find out more from Researcher Jamie Spurgeon’s presentation on the topic at the 2018 Conference on Animal Rights in Europe (CARE).
Animal Advocacy Strategies: Technology vs. Social Change
If we want to help farmed animals, there are at least two clear avenues to pursue. One, we can promote technologies to replace farming, like plant-based or clean (cultured) meat. Or two, we can try to change social attitudes towards the moral standing of animals. Does either of this options seem much better than the other? In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Kelly Witwicki and ACE Researcher Kieran Greig discuss the relevant considerations.
Pathways into Animal Advocacy Research
At EA Global London 2017, Research Associate Jamie Spurgeon discusses three diverse areas where ACE believes research can be particularly impactful—Interventions, Cultured Animal Products, and Wild Animal Suffering—with a focus on discussing the sort of Researchers we need in the movement, and how EAs can contribute to reducing suffering for animals in this way.
2016 EAA Symposium
The 2016 EAA Research Symposium was organized and co-sponsored by Animal Charity Evaluators, the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and the Princeton Animal Welfare Society. The event was held on November 12th and 13th, 2016 at Princeton University. This playlist includes full conference presentations.
2016 Rethinking Meat and the End of Factory Farming
Former Director of Research Allison Smith discusses the state of meat alternatives and how they can be used to accelerate the end of factory farming on a panel discussion at Effective Altruism Global 2016.
2015 Effective Altruism for Animals - NYU Panel
Effective Altruism for Animals – NYU Panel Discussion
Former Executive Director Jon Bockman discusses EA for animals along with Our Hen House’s Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan and ACE advisory Board Member Peter Singer.
2015 Animal Rights National Conference
Former Director of Research Allison Smith on interpreting and applying research.
2014 Animal Rights National Conference
Former Executive Director Jon Bockman on contemplating, evaluating, and advocating for animals.
2014 Mad City Vegan Fest
Former Executive Director Jon Bockman on how to help animals most effectively.
2014 Free Thinking Uni Base
Former Board Secretary Robert Wiblin explains the history and growth of Animal Charity Evaluators at frei denken uni basel.
2014 ACE Webinar: Research & Strategy
Former Executive Director Jon Bockman and former Director of Research Allison Smith on how ACE’s strategy and research promote effective animal advocacy.
The ACE blog was created to offer a place where news, ideas, and discussion relevant to our mission—to find and promote the most helpful ways to help animals—can be shared in a less formal venue than on our main website. Our audience is comprised of animal advocates and effective altruists, as well as academics and researchers.
What we publish
Submissions must be original and not submitted elsewhere, including online platforms. Content must be relevant to effective animal advocacy (EAA). Guest bloggers are welcome to pitch topics of their choosing, but below is a nonrestrictive list of topics we are particularly interested in:
- Opinion pieces presenting an EAA take on news items
- Opinion pieces discussing potentially impactful interventions
- Ideas on high-impact careers or volunteer opportunities to reduce animal suffering
- Opinion pieces on movement-level strategies
- Discussions of interventions or strategies between experts from different angles
The best way to become familiar with the kind of articles we post is to read our blog. More specifically, you can view our guest blog archive for examples of acceptable content. Below are a few examples of successful guest blog posts:
- What Is The Most Effective Way to Advocate Legally for Nonhuman Animals?
- Should Animal Organizations Conduct Their Own Research?
- Animal Advocacy Lessons from the 2016 Democratic National Convention
- Is the Percentage of Vegetarians and Vegans in the U.S. Increasing?
What we do not publish
- Content that does not pertain to effective animal advocacy
- Articles that promote a product or service
- Syndicated/unoriginal content
If you would like to submit a pitch or post for consideration, please send an email to our communications team using the following subject line: “ACE Guest Blog Submission.” While we do accept post submissions, we strongly recommend pitching your topic to us first.
Please wait at least two weeks for us to review your pitch before contacting us again to inquire about your submission. We do our best to respond to all submissions, but are not able to offer significant feedback as to the reasons your pitch was rejected.
Once your pitch is accepted, you will receive a link to a Google doc in which to write and submit your first draft. We prefer posts around 800–3,500 words in length. If you refer to online materials, please include links to them. Always cite your sources. If you wish to include images, attach them in the email along with your draft in JPEG, PNG, or SVG format in the highest resolution available. Please provide captions and credits for any images. We cannot publish images unless you retain rights to the images, or submit proper attribution.
Along with your post draft, please send a short biography of no more than 50 words. If you’d like. please also include a headshot of yourself (uncropped, high resolution), as well as references and links to your professional website and/or social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).
All guest posts are edited for content and style—see the “Style Guidelines” section for our style standards. ACE staff will review your post draft and then contact you with feedback and suggestions for revision. You will have an opportunity to respond to feedback and approve the final, edited version of your post before publication. We reserve the right to refuse a post at any time throughout the process if we determine it is inappropriate for publication on the ACE blog.
After your post is published on the ACE website, you should not cross-post the content elsewhere unless given express permission from the ACE staff. If permitted, subsequent posts must link to the originally published post and give credit to ACE as the original source using language such as, “This post was originally published on Animal Charity Evaluators' blog.”
Grammar and Mechanics
We don’t expect your writing to be perfect. However, please proofread your submission for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors before sending it to us. We will address any remaining errors with you during the revision phase.
You may use U.S. or British English. Please be consistent in whichever one you choose.
Voice and Tone
One of the great benefits of guest contributors is that they present an opportunity for our audience to hear a new voice—one with new opinions and perspectives. We want our guest contributors to write in their authentic voices while considering the appropriate tone. Aim to strike a balance: professional, but not overly formal. Avoid complex or obscure terms, but also try to stay away from overly colloquial language or jargon.
You can link directly to web pages from your own website or websites of organizations you are affiliated with without including a footnote. When embedding hyperlinks, please select only the text itself—exclude spaces or punctuation on either side of the word(s) you are selecting.
Do not include links to products or services. Links to your own website or organization should be clearly identified so that the reader understands any conflicts of interest.
ACE includes a reference list for every piece of research-related content that we publish. It’s not necessary to include a reference list if you are primarily referencing your own work or the work of a charity you’re affiliated with; however, please include a reference list if you cite more than five external sources (e.g., journal articles, reports, studies by other organizations) in your writing.
Reference lists should contain every source you used in your writing, including sources cited in footnotes, tables, and graphs. Please format reference lists in APA Style, 7th edition. (Purdue OWL and Columbia College offer useful APA citation guides.) If possible, include digital object identifiers (DOIs) or source links in every citation. Note: If we decide to publish your piece on the ACE blog, any in-text citations in author-date format will be changed to footnotes.