I am studying to be a doctor, and doctors have the divine opportunity to help people going through the worst moments of their lives. Not just the patients’, but also their loved ones’. That is a very noble mission and I recognize it every day, but I cannot close my eyes to all the other beings that suffer in the world. Making the world a better place necessarily demands us to dedicate some of our energy to save non-humans too.
I would never ask anyone to choose to save an animal instead of saving a human being, for you don’t have to stop saving one to save the other. But if you desire to reduce pain and unnecessary suffering in the world, consider dedicating some of yourself to farm animals: you will probably help a lot more to lessen suffering in the world if you also help institutions that care for chickens, pigs, sheep and cows.
Everyone deserves love. But few have much, and many have little.
There are already many, many people helping other people. There are many, many people helping kittens and puppies too.
This is noble, it is good and it is necessary.
But it is also good, noble and necessary to help farm animals. And there are far more farm animals suffering around the world than pets. And more intensely. On the other hand, there are far fewer people specifically helping these animals.
This makes animal welfare one of the most cost-effective ways of making the world a better place.¹
Many people unfortunately think it is not worth protecting animals. I believe that is not the case with most to-be doctors. We understand suffering and we dedicate ourselves to minimize it. It is just a matter of expanding our radius of action beyond humanity.
You may have never taken your time to think that:
- Only 3% of all resources donated in 2017 in the U.S. were given environmental and animal welfare causes. In comparison, 31% went to religious institutions, 14% went to educational institutions, and 5% went to art and culture.²
- For each cat or dog that is euthanized, 3,400 land animals are caged and slaughtered. Nine billion animals were raised and slaughtered in 2015 in the USA alone.³
In other words, farm animals represent an immensely large number of individuals who systematically suffer in an absurdly cruel way, while receiving a very slim fraction of efforts for animal welfare and charity in general.
Everyone deserves joy. Everyone deserves happiness. Think about it.
Original text in Portuguese.
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- Effective Altruism. “Introduction to Effective Altruism.” Accessed June 23, 2020. https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/introduction-to-effective-altruism/.
- “Why Farmed Animals? | Animal Charity Evaluators.” Accessed June 23, 2020. https://animalcharityevaluators.org/donation-advice/why-farmed-animals/.
- Charity Navigator. “Giving Statistics.” Accessed June 23, 2020. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?