Our research briefs aim to answer specific questions that would inform our charity evaluations and grantmaking programs. They are short summaries of the available academic research on the topic, and include our assessment of how well the available research addresses the question.
Insect farming is becoming very large in scale with an estimated 1-1.2 trillion insects slaughtered each year. This research brief reviews the evidence for sentience in the most commonly farmed insects.
Corporate outreach is likely to positively affect egg-laying hen welfare if corporations follow through on their cage-free commitments because cage-free systems are higher-welfare than battery cage systems, according to our assessment.
The law, as a set of enforceable frameworks against which actions can be held accountable, can be a powerful tool for changing behaviors that affect animal welfare. In this brief, we use findings from specific examples of animal welfare legislation, as well as broader research on the effectiveness of lobbying and legal work to further examine this.
Currently, there is no peer-reviewed research available about influencing the availability of animal-free products through institutional outreach. However, we could learn from studies that investigate the effectiveness of outreach to hospitals and schools on increasing the availability of “healthy foods”
There are no peer-reviewed publications about the effects of producing advocacy research—research that contributes to an understanding of effectively helping animals—in the animal advocacy movement. Despite this absence, there is reason to believe that producing relevant research can affect the animal advocacy movement in different ways.
What are the effects of increasing the availability of animal-free foods on animal product consumption?
How increasing the availability of animal-free foods will decrease the consumption of animal products.