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Advances in fields such as tissue-engineering, bioengineering, and synthetic biology enable a growing number of animal products to be grown in a cell culture rather than via a farmed animal. The grand potential of these cultured animal products to largely displace the demand for farmed animal products influences effective animal advocacy in a number of ways. Some of those ways and other especially relevant details are discussed.
Animal advocates often seek to reduce demand for animal products through influencing the public dialogue, but outcomes of these campaigns are hard to measure directly. We discuss two economics studies which model the influence of media coverage on demand for animal products. After summarizing the findings of each study, we discuss the study’s implications for animal advocates.
Farmed fish welfare is plausibly one of the effective animal advocacy community’s priorities because of the current neglectedness of the issue, the likelihood that farmed fish suffering is large in scale, and the potential tractability of interventions to improve farmed fish welfare.
Trends in the production of farmed animals can reveal which countries and species need the most focus, and can in particular help determine which species or countries may currently be overlooked. These trends can also be used in the future to help determine progress of the animal advocacy movement.
This review explores the research that has examined consumer acceptance of cell-cultured meat to date. If cell-cultured meat were to achieve price-competitiveness with conventional animal protein—which at present has yet to occur—there could be a massive decrease in the demand for farmed animal products since cell-cultured meat products seem likely to take over some of the market share of conventional animal protein.
How many resources does the animal advocacy movement as a whole put towards influencing public opinion, influencing industry, influencing policy and law, building alliances, and capacity building? Here we look at two overlapping segments of the animal advocacy movement: charities comprehensively reviewed by ACE, and the U.S. farmed animal advocacy movement.