I’m a Sentientist!

Great to hear it! You’re one of millions around the world who are committed to using evidence and reason (so rejecting supernatural beliefs) and who grant moral consideration to all sentient beings. Most of them haven’t heard the term Sentientism yet.

As more of the world’s population come to agree with us, we’ll have a stronger chance of making a better universe for all sentients. Evidence, reason and compassion can help us solve every problem we face.

If you’d like to let the world know “I’m a sentientist” you can add your name here and you’ll appear in a tile on our wall below. You can just leave a first name, or, if you feel comfortable, add a picture, a social media link and a comment on why you’re a sentientist:

So far, 181 rational, compassionate people have added their names. That's 2.320512820513E-8 % of the world's population. We're well on our way to 8 billion... 😃

If you want your wall tile deleted or changed later, get in touch using the comment form below or the contact form to the right and we'll make the change for you.

Many others have joined one or more of our online community groups. You would be very welcome too. Our liveliest are our Facebook group (private) and public page, with people from around 70 countries so far, but there's a longer list of our accounts and forums here.

To find out about other sentientists, some "notable" ones are listed on the Sentientism Wikipedia page. There's also a public list of sentientists and suspected sentientists on Twitter that you can subscribe to. Get in touch if you'd like to be added.

If you'd like to get updates from this site, drop your name and email in the boxes to the right and we'll update you with new posts. I've kept this separate from the "I'm a sentientist" so that you can do either, both or neither.

Nick

If an organism seeks to avoid death and can suffer pain–even if not nerve-based as that which we are accustomed to–it is sentient and should be accorded rights. Both nonhuman animals as well as other intelligences, even if their origin may have been artificial.

Canada

Matthew Wray Perry

The baseline for who matters morally is whether or not things matter to a living being – sentience captures this.
@MW_Perry

United Kingdom

jason

not fully sure yet. i so far like what i hear but like any group like this i like to check out the people and see if they match the words

Canada

Allyson Gray

I believe that suffering experienced by sentient beings is the greatest “evil” in this world, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to reduce it.

Canada

Rom 2050

Suffering in any sentient being, even if not human, is still suffering. If our aim as individuals and society is to be “good”, in any kind of definition possible, elimination of suffering is needed.

@rom20501

Brazil/Germany

Kamugasha Louis

I believe in reason and am an animal

@UgandaCenter

Uganda

Charlie

I realised it’s not just humans, other beings are individuals too. They think, they feel, they have understanding.
@whynotvegan2

U.K.

Rohin Shah

United States

Amélie

my dad told me about it and i thought yep that sounds like me

United Kingdom

Julio Cesar Prava

Because our choices need to be based on reason.
@juliocesarprava

Brasil

Jared Conahan

All the sentient creatures of the earth are deserving of equal treatment. We are born of the same family and it is beyond unethical for one species to lay waste to the earth for the sake of exploiting its kin. All living beings have value and we, as the ethically minded beings of this world, must work to preserve their wellbeing and that of the Earth.

United States of America

Michael Dello-Iacovo

Suffering matters, no matter who experiences it. Sentientism is the label that captures this world view.
@MichaelDello
Michael Dello

Australia

Richard

Richard

If you take a moment out of your busy day to think about life on Earth, it’s obvious that all sentient life whether arachnids, mollusks, reptiles, insects, birds, mammals, amphibians (in no particular order) is pretty miraculous. Who am I, (as a mammal), to say that my life is more valuable that that of an insect. All sentient life is caring, feeling and complex.

United Kingdom

Quin

United States

Seth Oakes

I’ve chosen to follow this idea because I believe all life is worthy of freedom, happiness, and love with very general intrinsic value surviving in a world which they choose to avoid death and suffering as far as practicable, I also think it’s very anthropocentric to trivialise the exploitation of non-human animals as commodities simply because they’re different forms of life. We should really put into regard that these are sentient beings who feel pain, emotion, and nonsensically & unnecessarily suffer everyday for the sake of human gratification.

United States

Beornn McCarthy

I’m a sentientist because the sentient united will never be defeated!

@beornnmccarthy

LiteraryChange Blog

Australia

Anita Alfoldi

I am a sentientist because I believe that all sentient beings have a right to Fairness and Justice. No animal should have to suffer intentionally or be condemned to suffer unimaginable pain, mental anguish, loss or death.

@anitaalf

Canada

Lesleigh

United States

Michael Keller

Because an unexamined life, is not worth living.

USA

Tyler John

Flourishing and suffering feel just the same no matter whose mind they are found in.
@tyler_m_john

United States

Cynthia Stewart

Sentience is all that matters.
Cynthia on Facebook

USA

Chris Shalendra

I am a sentientist because I believe evidence, reason and compassion to all beings is a necessary step to take for a better world.
@CShalendra

Fiji Islands

Peter Singer

I’m a Sentientist because all suffering matters morally and because evidence and reason are the only ways to really understand our world.

@PeterSinger

https://petersinger.info/

USA

Dylan B. Raines

Concern for the well-being of all living beings ought to be the highest concern for all living beings.

@dylanbraines

USA

Michael Sweeney

I believe in extending moral consideration to all sentient beings as individuals with their own interests and values. I am also a longtime Humanist and member of the AHA because I believe in the separation of church and state and the promotion of a scientific rationalist point of view.

@EthicalSentient (Twitter), @EthicalSentient (Insta) and other social media.

USA

Stephen Rose

Australia

Bernard van Tonder

I selected all sentient perceptual experience as my ultimate ethical value after studying philosophy and completely rebuilding my ethical beliefs without previous dogmas. It came as a result of thoughts that emerged around the being-for-itself concept in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness book and Peter Singer’s work. Consequently I have become an act utilitarian, vegan and an effective altruist. The concept has had a profound impact on my significant long-term decisions. I am confident that the world would be significantly better for everyone if everyone valued sentient experience, maximised positive perceptual experience and minimised negative perceptual experience.

@EthosOpt (Twitter)

@bernardvantonder (Insta)

South Africa

Mel Dawson

Sentientism, like veganism for me, is very much a guiding principle in life. It came to me as a revelation in my late teens, that life choices held such hypocrisy. I found myself in turmoil over consuming some animals, whilst protecting others. I began to question the disparity around the world, the human injustice & wanton exploitation of the natural world. I realised I was a believer in sentientism fundamentally…that I was seeking to make decisions based on best insights into science, evidence, reason and supported with a compassionate disposition. It came natural to me, as I chose veganism. Understanding that all life has an innate right to exist..that it is not our place to attribute a ‘scale of value’ to beings, with humankind at the peak. Sentientism is the ultimate liberation from the man-made tyranny of rigid belief systems. It is simply ‘freedom’.

@meldawson6

Australia

Aatu Koskensilta

For all we know, sentient experience is all there is, and even if isn’t, it’s not clear what else could possible matter. Being capable of experiencing happiness or suffering is all it takes to make one morally relevant, for one to matter, on pain of incoherence or inconsistency in our approach and attitude to our existential predicament.
Aatu on Facebook

Finland

Skye Dickinson

For me, it is an evolutionary step as a human to recognise the ‘non-human animal’ as sentient with individuality – and not objects to be commodified by us.
@writers_accord

England

Impiety

What happens to our fellow sentient creatures, is up to every one of us ! We’re in this together. Let our actions be predicated, inter alia, on the rights & feelings of all sentient creatures!
@NoHolyScripture

Jon Nugent

Sentience is the only logical foundation for ethics.
@JonNugentPhoto1

United Kingdom

Amy Williams

Because we all share a common ancestor and common instincts and biological machinery. To pretend we are very different from our fellow earthlings, particularly other mammals, is hubris.

United Kingdom

Zane Celmer

The consideration of others not based on species is virtuous

@ZCelmer

US

Graham Bessellieu

Graham Bessellieu

Why I’m A Sentientist:

– All suffering matters morally.

– No sentient being deserves to be treated as a commodity.

– Existing treatment is neither necessary for survival or morally justifiable.

– Cognitive science will continue to expand our understanding of the many forms of sentience.

– Recognizing our underlying genetic unity (ex. LUCA) is reason enough to universalize our compassion.

@cgbessellieu

Graham Bessellieu

Sylvia Corte

I am a sentientist because I spend almost all my life observing animals, so I have no doubts about their sentience. My question is: now that evidence from science, reasoning, and feelings show that all beings are sentient, what are we going to do with that truth?
@MonosCorte

Uruguay

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Sentience matters for moral consideration. Evidence, Reason, Universalism.

Canada

John Thomas

We’ve been brainwashed to believe competition is the essence of life. It isn’t. There is competition. But cooperation is more common, more vital, more quintessential to life.
John’s “Who are you?” blog
John’s Amazon Author Page

USA

Love Our Mother

USA
We are meant to be the protectors of Earth and all her creatures.

Lauri J, Owen, MA, JD, Esq.

Ethics demand that the strong inflict no harm on those who feel pain and fear. Humans are animals, too.

United States of America

Vince

No sentient being is above others. I have no right to persecute other beings for food, clothing or vanity. I have freed myself from years of peer pressure, trying to make me do what is wrong.

@vinwelly

UK

Christine Kane

‘The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?’ Jeremy Bentham, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

United Kingdom

Jonathan Mannhart

To me, suffering/joy are what really matter in the end. And for this, sentience to some degree is a necessary condition.
@JMannhart

Germany

Ben De Groeve

If a sentientist is someone who wants to use evidence, reason and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings, I consider myself a sentientist.

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

Belgium

Thierry

If the Universe is ever to make sense, sense is best served by observation and experimentation. Not by revelation.
@much2croweded

Belgium

Jeroen Willems

It is my core value that every sentient being deserves a good, happy life. Whatever their race, religion, class, gender, sexuality or species may be. I want their suffering to stop. Reason and evidence is a must when trying to solve questions on how to help those who suffer, to discover who is suffering and how they are suffering. I prefer sentientism over animalism because it doesn’t limit our moral circle to animals, but opens it to any kind of being who may be able to feel pain.

@sentientlentils

Belgium

Roman V. Yampolskiy

The reasons we articulate today for animals to have rights, we will need in the future, to convince superintelligent AIs to allow us to keep our rights.

Roman on GoogleScholar

@romanyam

USA

Kevin Saldanha

We seem to have developed a different attitude to sentient animals based on their utility (or competition) to humans as written about by Jonathan Foer in ‘Some we love, some we hate, some we eat’. Others, as a means of defense, attribute sentience to plants. If we are serious about Humanism, we need to understand that, as rational beings, we have to extend our circle of compassion to those who we exploit including enslaving companion animals for our own enjoyment.
@vegvet
Kevin on FaceBook

Canada

Dominique Ghijselinck

Humanity should come out of the human-centric bubble. However, too often animals are viewed with partisan sentimentality or ignorant disregard, as economic utility or nuisances. I think we need to be guided by evidence-based reason, wonder, care & curiosity to restore the bond with our beautiful world and minimize all suffering. If we judge ourselves to be capable of any moral progress, we will understand the need to live without being a threat to all living creatures around us.

Belgium

David Pearce

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” (Gautama Buddha) Let’s help other creatures, not harm them. Any civilisation worthy of the name will be vegan. Our goal should be the well-being of all sentience.

@webmasterdave
The Hedonistic Imperative (HedWeb)

England

Josh Milburn

I am a sentientist because I recognise that all sentient beings have a life that can go better and worse for them. This is enough for us to recognise that they matter.
josh-milburn.com
@JoshLMilburn

United Kingdom

William Satterthwaite

I’m a sentientist because considering the common attribute of sentient beings, that is, the ability to suffer, has lead me to believe that all sentient beings deserve moral consideration.
@willsattnz

New Zealand

Jamie Woodhouse

I’m a sentientist because there’s no better way to understand the universe than using evidence and reason and because our morality should consider any being that can suffer or flourish. @JamieWoodhouse

United Kingdom

Kritika Singh

Kritika Singh

Sentientism because we need to respect all lives on earth equally and nurture life. Sentientism because our relationship with the animals decide our relationship with ourselves, and the planet.
itskritikal.com
Indianvegandiary on Instagram
@dontbekritikal

India

Raphael Nicolle

Differences don’t matter, only sentience does.

United Kingdom

Shaya Ish-Shalom

Compassion for and kindness to every sentient creature.

Shaya Ish-Shalom

 

United States

Rem Secora Pearl

I am a sentientist because I believe that no living being is inherently more valuable than another based on immutable traits: race, gender, age, or species. The value of life stems from pleasure, so to enslave or kill a being which can feel pleasure, or might be able to in the future (note that this includes nonsentient embryos and fetuses, but not a being which is braindead or cannot feel) is to rob it of all potential future pleasure.
@Arachnocat14

United States

Cristian Murgu

I’m a sentientist because i cannot justify ethical isolationism.
@christofglass

Romania

Amit

I give value to beings who are sentient rather than being just alive.

USA

Beckham

I like to learn about philosophy and hopefully teach it to people.

@Karrrisa_TD

 

USA

Lisa Musgrove

Acknowledging sentience and the ability to suffer in all beings, is just the first step towards a fair and decent world. We must also do everything we can to prevent that suffering.
@lisanarelle

Australia

George

Because every sentient being deserves to live a life free from unnecessary suffering.

South Korea

Brenda de Groot

I am a sentientist because I believe sentience is the best, and only, criterion for granting moral consideration. Sentientism has the potential to create a just world for all conscious, feeling beings that call this planet home.
@brenda.de.groot
https://brendadegroot.com

The Netherlands

Stijn Bruers

Sentientism means that we should take into account all and everyone’s positive and negative feelings, without arbitrary exceptions. No-one and nothing can consistently or reasonably object to sentientism, because disagreeing with sentientism means having negative feelings about it and believing that those negative feelings should not be arbitrarily excluded from moral considerations.

@StijnBruers
stijnbruers.wordpress.com

Belgium

Philip Powell

Its the first place to start. It is the basic unit of any ethical system.
Philip on Facebook

United States

Prince B

Not so United Kingdom

Cheska

This rationale could not be more urgent and more appropriate to the times.

UK

Ariana Williams

All animals think and feel whether an ant or elephant, shark or lobster. We are not outside of the animal kingdom, we are part of it.

UK

MK

In my estimation there are certain types of pain that can never be compensated for, the merciless slaughter of animals is only one type.
@esotericspeech

Canada

Speciesamused

We are not the superior animal just because we believe it is so. Too few humans acknowledge we are all animals. I am Vegan on their behalf.
@speciesamused

USA

Tom

Basic rights are not limited to one species, even if we pretend they are.

Australia

Jennifer Greene

Because I care about what’s true and what’s fair, and would hasten the day when it’s the norm to take seriously the interests of sentient beings, human and otherwise.

United States

Amit Dwivedi

Sentimental towards Pets.
@Mahi_773

India

Roger Greenhalgh

Compassion

England

Shannon Sagawe

Shannon Sagawe

A recipe of science and humanity can create the world we all need.
@SSagawe
Shannon on Instagram

Switzerland

Ed

I’ve considered myself a secular Humanist for the past 35 years or so, but at an even younger age, before the double digits, I felt that the injustices to other sentient beings, for example the suffering of laboratory animals for the benefit of humans and the rape of rain forests and indigenous peoples, was and still is a terribly myopic view of our role as part of life on Earth, and a completely unfair imbalance in favor of one species, or nation, at the detriment to all other sentients. I feel it’s natural that these two philosophies are part of one way.

United States

Irene Theochari

I’m a sentientist because I believe that non-human animals have the same right to freedom from enslavement, exploitation and torture, as human animals. They have the same capacity for pleasure and suffering and should therefore be protected from being reduced to an unfeeling asset.

UK

Alex Egorov

Sentientism- not only feels right, but actually is one of the most reasonable and convincing concepts I have ever come across

Alex Egorov

UK

Arpad Lorberer

Curiosity helped me the most. Knowledge fills you up. Observing something is a pleasure, deducing something else from it is another. I do Science just for the sake of it – I do research, publish and teach without being paid affiliated with academics, and it just makes sense for me.

Arpad Lorberer

Hungary

Alasdair Cochrane

Alasdair Cochrane
I am a sentientist because I believe our moral frameworks and political systems ought to respect the interests of each and every individual who can suffer and take joy from their lives.
United Kingdom

Arturs Kanepajs

Sentientism addresses the most important blind spots of Humanism.

Latvia

Deborah Barrass

It’s a perfect description of my ethical and moral approach to life.

UK

Clare Harris

I think that subjective experiences matter, and suffering is wrong, no matter who or “what” experiences it.
@ClareDHarris

Australia

Alice Oven

I’m a sentientist because I believe any living being who processes emotion, good or bad, deserves respect and should be treated as equal.
@alice_oven

United Kingdom

Rémi

Because it is altruism that makes sense!

France

Jaron Hall

*Everything* we care about begins at the conscious subjective experience. It is the case that a subjective experience avoids pain, so it is the case we must seek to avoid it.
@jaron_hall

USA

David

Sentient beings feel, have consciousness and emotions, yet they are voiceless, there should a be a charter of animal rights

Australia

Laurence

“… Other things being equal, equally strong interests should count equally.”

UK

Salanieta Koro

I think… therefore I am a sentientist.

Salanieta on FaceBook

Fiji

David Clemens

Without evidence why believe a thing?

United States

Eleanor Elizabeth Forman

I don’t believe humans are qualitatively more special than other creatures, except insomuch as we flatter ourselves.

USA

Cindy Butler Mancini, Ph.D.

I’m a sentientist because the collective denial of the suffering of other beings makes us unworthy of our privileged place among the creatures of this planet.

United States

Samantha

All sentient beings have interests that deserve full and rational consideration

United Kingdom

Alan Pater

I haven’t got an esoteric or spiritual bone in my body, which is why the name of my vegan sushi place is «El Buda Profano».
@alanpater
@elBudaProfano
El Buda Profano (Calle Bolivar 425, Arequipa, Peru)

Peru

Liz Service

Sentientism is the best way to work out what’s real and what’s important.
@LizJService

UK

Daniel Ouka

Principles of humanism extended beyond humans.
@Dan_Ouka_Writes

United Kingdom

Pöm Frånz

Commitment to scientific morality.

United States

Scott Haley

I’ve been a Zen Buddhist since 1974.
@ScottHa85992272

United States

Pooya

Sweden

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