Who are sentientists? Who is involved in the sentientism movement and which organisations work on sentientist causes?

You can meet some sentientists on our “I’m a sentientist” wall and even add yourself if the philosophy fits personally. We’re also building a list of Suspected Celebrity Sentientists – some of the names might surprise you. You can suggest others using our “I know a Sentientist” form here.

Millions of people around the world are sentientists, in that they are committed to evidence and reason and grant moral consideration to all sentient beings. Many of them will identify as atheists, secular humanists, skeptics or free-thinkers who take animal ethics seriously, but most of them haven’t yet heard of the term “sentientism”.

If approximately 10% of the world’s population (~780 million) are atheists or secular humanists and around 10% (~780 million) are ethical vegans or vegetarians (as a proxy for meaningful moral consideration for sentient animals), that would imply there are around 78 million people whose worldview is fairly close to sentientism.

In practice, anecdotal evidence indicates that humanists and atheists are more likely to be vegan or vegetarian and vegans and vegetarians are more likely to be atheists or humanists. Of course, some atheists have other non-deity supernatural beliefs so aren’t sentientists. Also, many vegans or vegetarians might have other rationales beyond compassion for sentients.  

You can find some sentientists in our various online communities. So far, people from around 70 countries, some on every habitable continent, are involved.

This web-site is run by me, Jamie Woodhouse. Here’s my personal web-site and I am on Twitter @JamieWoodhouse.

The following section sets out some organisations and groups that link to sentientist themes and campaigns:

The Sentience Institute: Expanding humanity’s moral circle. The Sentience institute isn’t explicitly sentientist, although it is committed to the use of evidence and reason in its work to help extend humanity’s moral circle to all sentients – primarily farmed animals.

Sentient Media: Reporting on animals, animal rights and human choices. Sentient Media isn’t sentientist with respect to naturalism and the supernatural, but shares a sentientist objective re: helping extend our moral circle to include sentient animals.

Sentience Politics is a political think tank working to reduce suffering for non-human animals, with a focus on publishing policy papers and launching political initiatives in Switzerland and Germany. They’re not sentientist with respect to naturalism and the supernatural, but share a sentientist objective of reducing suffering for sentient animals.

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Effective Altruism is a movement trying to answer one simple question, using evidence and reason: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Then following that through into action. While many EA causes are focused on humans, others explicitly address the experiences of all sentient beings. EA is also not explicitly sentientist re: naturalism and supernaturalism (there are many religious effective altruists) – but it is committed to the use of evidence and reason in its work.

The Animalist

The Animalist: Rational arguments for extending Humanism to sentient animals. A logical, friendly and pragmatic approach to animal advocacy. Animalism is a very similar philosophy to Sentientism in that it retains the humanist commitment to evidence and reason but extends moral consideration to all sentient animals. Many animalists would likely also grant consideration to non-biological sentients if we were to encounter or create them.

The Reasoned Vegan

The Reasoned Vegan: The Reasoned Vegan is a project dedicated to making vegan advocacy more effective, more scientific, and less stereotypical. They promote and encourage skepticism, scientific understanding, and humility in all things vegan.

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Vegan Atheists and Atheist Vegans on Facebook (no, I’m not sure if there’s a difference). As above, not all atheist vegans are sentientists – but I suspect the vast majority are.

Here’s a wall of sentientists. You can add yourself too on our “I’m a Sentientist!” page.

Salanieta Koro

I think… therefore I am a sentientist.

Salanieta on FaceBook


Kishan Ananthram

Love and compassion for all sentient beings.

Kishan on LinkedIn


Amy Halpern-Laff

United States

Ernie Bornheimer

Suffering is the most important moral issue.


Kristof Dhont

Kristof Dhont headshot

Kristof Dhont is a social psychologist & senior lecturer at the university of Kent where he runs SHARKLab (Study of Human InterGroup & Animal Relations​). He is the author of “Why We Love & Exploit Animals“. Kristof is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Kristof’s Sentientist Conversation with me is on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast.

SHARKLab at Kent University

Belgium and the UK


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


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.


Cat Besch

Cat Besch headshot

Cat founded and leads Vietnam Animal Aid & Rescue. She is also a writer & activist addressing many non-human animal issues.

Find our Sentientist Conversation on the Sentientism YouTube here or the Sentientism Podcast.

Cat on Medium


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!


I believe that if you can feel than you should be free from harm inflicted by people.


United States

Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith

Naomi is the CEO of Best for Britain, the UK’s leading non-partisan advocacy group upholding internationalist values. Before her campaigning and political career she worked in the corporate world and chaired a number of voluntary groups. Naomi describes herself as an internationalist, xenophile, humanist, vegan. She co-hosts the Oh God What Now? (formerly Remainiacs) and The Bunker podcasts.
You can watch her Sentientist Conversation with me here on YouTube and listen here on our Podcast.

United Kingdom

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



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

Aaron River

All of us & this planet.


Bindu Joopally

Because all sentient beings are the same in our will to live, and our ability to suffer.






Lynda Korimboccus

Lynda Korimboccus

Lynda is an anthrozoologist, sociologist and philosopher who teaches sociology in Scottish Further Education. She is also a musician, songwriter, writer and artist. Lynda is Editor-in-Chief of the Student Journal of Vegan Sociology. She is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Lynda’s Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast.

Lynda’s recent paper in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, “The Peppa Pig Paradox


Timothy Post

All sentient beings, including humans, have consciousness and emotions. We are all capable of suffering.

Timothy on FaceBook

United States

Melissa Ratisher

Every sentient being values their life as I do mine, and I view it as a moral imperative for us to see and respect this similarity.



David Pearce

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.”

David is a philosopher who co-founded the World Transhumanist Association, now rebranded as Humanity+, with Nick Bostrum. David writes on a range of transhumanist topics and what he calls the “hedonistic imperative”, a moral obligation to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His self-published internet manifesto, The Hedonistic Imperative, outlines how pharmacologygenetic engineeringnanotechnology and neurosurgery could converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience from human and non-human life, replacing suffering with “gradients of bliss”. David calls this the “abolitionist project”.

The Hedonistic Imperative (HedWeb)
David on Wikipedia


Philip Arrowsmith

Everything that lives is holy.


John Oberg

John Oberg

John is a professional animal advocate, public speaker and social media consultant. He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.
Watch John’s guest appearance on #SentientistConversations
Listen to John’s guest appearance on #SentientistConversations (out soon!)


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

Carrie Poppy

Carrie Poppy is an American journalist, atheist, vegan, creator, and host of the popular podcast “Oh No! Ross and Carrie” which describes itself as “the show where we don’t just report on spirituality, fringe science and claims of the paranormal, but take part ourselves.” The show itself comes from a skeptical perspective (both hosts are atheists) but also approaches the topics with genuine curiosity, warmth, and interest. She’s not a fan of labels, but shares the Sentientist commitments to naturalism and sentiocentrism.

OhNoPodcast.com  and OhNoPodcast on Wikipedia

United States

Jamilyn R Juetten

United States


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.


Scott Haley

I’ve been a Zen Buddhist since 1974.

United States


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




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.
Indianvegandiary on Instagram


The Neanderthal Mind podcast

Love the belief that ALL sentient beings have emotions.

United States


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.


Richard Ryder

Richard Ryder

Richard is a writer, psychologist, and animal rights advocate. He coined the term “speciesism” in 1970 and was one of the first to use the term “Sentientism” in a positive light, after it was first used in a derogatory sense by John Rodman in 1977 to criticise Peter Singer and Richard’s thinking.

Richard developed the term sentientism in a naturalistic context – using evidence and reason to infer sentience and to grant moral consideration to sentient beings. Richard still considers himself a Sentientist in this naturalistic context today. He has also developed painism, a sub-set of the sentientist worldview that focuses on the moral importance of pain over that of positive experiences and aims to resolve the tensions between rights and utilitarian approaches.

Richard on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Irene Theochari

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.


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


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



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

Allison M

Because it’s sensical.


Michael Nugent

Headshot of Michael Nugent

Michael is a writer and activist. He has written, co-written or contributed to seven books and the comedy musical play I, Keano. He has campaigned on many political issues, often with his late wife Anne Holliday, and he is chairperson of the advocacy group Atheist Ireland. He is vegan and a Sentientist.
Michael wrote this article on “Why I am a Sentientist”.
Michael on Wikipedia

Michael Nugent

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.


Floris van den Berg

Floris van den Berg

“I am a sentientist because: Suffering matters to those who suffer. Sentientism means having compassion for all those who suffer – both human and nonhuman. Sentientism means emancipating all sentient beings who can’t stand up for their own interests. Sentientism is the new moral paradigm. Change will not come by doing nothing. Sentientism is not only a theoretical idea, it includes veganism. Sentientism doesn’t hurt you – nor others.”

Floris’s bio states he is “a philosopher and therefore an atheist”. He is a practical, activist, vegan philosopher. He has written a number of books including “Philosophy for a Better World”, “On Green Liberty”, “De vrolijke veganist” (“The Happy Vegan”) and “Hoe komen we van religie af?” (“How to get rid of religion. An inconvenient liberal paradox”). In 2017, Floris participated in a television series “To Hell With Your Religion”, in which he lived with a group of people of various religions for two weeks, exploring and critiquing religious ideas.
Floris’ Sentientist Conversation with Jamie on YouTube and Podcast
After our conversation, Floris kindly shared a series of posters he has developed that relate to Sentientist themes. These posters, hosted here, remain Floris’ intellectual property but he is happy with them being freely used for educational purposes.
Floris on Wikipedia


Luke Roelofs

Luke Roelofs headshot

“I think a secular morality has to come from the systematisation of empathy, and empathy is a mode of understanding sentient beings.”

Luke is a philosopher of mind at the Centre for Mind, Brain & Consciousness at New York University. Although Luke works primarily on philosophy of mind & metaphysics, their areas of interest include ethics, social & political philosophy, early modern philosophy and philosophy of gender & sexuality. Their book, “Reason, Empathy, and the Minds of Others” is under contract with Oxford University Press.

You can find Luke’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on the Sentientism Youtube and on the Sentientism Podcast here on Apple and here on the other platforms​​​​​​.

Majestic Equality blog


Eight Two

I have one challenge as a moral being, to draw a line, in pencil, between what is a someone and what is a something. Along that messy line, the more certain I am that another is a someone, the less like an object, and the more like an equal subject I must treat them.


United States

Gabriel Mello

Sentientism for justice and equality.


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.”

Peter is a moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book Animal Liberation (1975), in which he argues in favour of veganism, and his essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”, in which he argues in favour of donating to help the global poor.

In 2004 Peter was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. In 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald placed him among Australia’s ten most influential public intellectuals. Singer is a cofounder of Animals Australia and the founder of The Life You Can Save.

Peter on Wikipedia

USA / Australia

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


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.



Derek Clark

Alleviating suffering and pain wherever it exists is the most compelling foundation for morality on offer.


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.


Clare Harris

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


Carole Raphaelle Davis

Carole Raphaelle Davis

Carole is a model, actress, singer/songwriter (she wrote “Slow Love” with Prince), writer and animal activist. She has been a contributor for several animal welfare publications including American Dog Magazine, for who she also worked as an investigative journalist. She had an animal welfare column on Newsvine. She is the West Coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit organisation that investigates puppy mills and pet stores. Carole founded the #MeToo movement in France. She is vegan and an atheist. In our “Sentientist Conversation” video she said “Sentientism feels like home”.
Sentientist Conversations with Carole (YouTube) #1
Sentientist Conversations with Carole (YouTube) #2
Carole on Wikipedia
Carole on Medium


Sue Barnum

Because we are more alike than not. I welcome my robot overlords as long as they are nice to my dogs.

United States



I am a Sentientist because of an inner strong compulsion to express my real human nature. The one that acknowledges that we are not the pinnacle of this planet. We are not superior by any means. We are just a part of life’s web. And we have the potential to shift from being destructors and conquerors to being nurturers and regenerators. To respect and care for all sentient beings including our own kind.



I believe in non-violence (ahimsa) as a key philosophy and the shortcut to world peace. I am a sentientist because I have compassion for all beings and do not exploit or abuse animals for greed or ignorance. I can only hope that this philosophy expands and we manifest a utopian dimension of peace.




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

South Korea

Brian P. Ellis

“Nothing is more important than the abolition of suffering in the universe. I believe we can derive meaning and purpose from working to secure our most basic needs and desires, and those of all other sentient beings: to live as long as life is worth living, to avoid suffering, and to pursue our idea of happiness. I created a life philosophy based on this idea: liberationism.org — and sentientism is in line with this view. With solidarity and unconditional compassion for all fellow sufferers.” — BPE.


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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


Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter is a human rights campaigner, best known for his work with LGBT social movements. The Netflix movie, “Hating Peter Tatchell“, tells the story of his life and work to date. Peter is an atheist, a humanist and campaigns for sentient animal rights, saying: “human rights and animal rights are two aspects of the same struggle against injustice” and that he advocates for a “claim to be spared suffering and offered inalienable rights” for both humans and animals.

Find his Sentientist Conversation with me here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast. In our discussion he says: “Maybe there will come a point when Humanism ceases to be – that Humanism evolves into Sentientism. I would like to see that. And I would like to be part of the process that makes that happen.”

Peter on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Heather Browning

Heather Browning head shot

Heather is a scientist (zoology and biology), philosopher & a former zookeeper & animal welfare officer. She is now a researcher at the London School of Economics specialising in non-human animal sentience, welfare, & ethics.

Find Heather’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on Youtube or here on the Sentientism podcast.


Australia and UK

Kolja Danowski

Because the needs of sentient beings, their freedom and the continued existence of sentient life are the are the only aspects one can build a reasonable framework of ethics upon.


Daniel Ouka

Principles of humanism extended beyond humans.

United Kingdom

Seth Lee

Through a synergy of studying Marxism-Leninism and Secular Buddhism, I became interested in maintaining a meaningful worldview consistent with Buddhist compassion and Marxist dialectical materialism. After reading Althusser’s arguments for anti-humanism, as well as national books by Dean Cornish and Caldwell Esselstyn, I became interested in a naturalistic philosophical approach to veganism. This had to lead me to learn about sentientism, which compliments my views in Marxism and Buddhism, as well as minimalism, science, socialism, and environmentalism practices and activism.

Seth on FaceBook

Seth Lee

Mariann Sullivan

Mariann Sullivan headshot

Mariann is Co-host with Jasmin Singer of the Our Hen House podcast and host of the Animal Law Podcast. She is a lawyer, lecturer, teacher and animal rights activist.

Mariann is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find Mariann’s Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube here and on the Sentientism podcast here.





Bianca OrangeHealia Morris

Animals. Health. Planet. Humanity. Future.


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

Jennifer Blaney

I found out about Sentientism yesterday! And realize I have been adopting this philosophy and developing my way of life since I was a child. First kindness and respect for all animals leading quickly to vegetarianism, later veganism; early Christianity to atheism at 13. This is the way of relating to and moving within the universe that makes sense and feels ethically comfortable.
Jennifer on Facebook


Andrew Sydlik

Evidence, reason, and compassion make the most sense as pillars of a life devoted to truth, equality, and happiness. The tragedy is that most people probably agree, but do not realize how their behaviors and thoughts do not actually accord with these principles. I hope to be part of a movement that helps us live lives that more fully embody these principles and end the suffering of all sentient beings.

United States


The future is Vegan. Animals are here WITH us not FOR us.


Hunter Rothman

Suffering is suffering is suffering. Whether human or other sentient being.


Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor

There is no justice for nonhuman animals in a system that ignores Sentientism. I am a Sentientist because all suffering, including all nonhuman animal suffering, deserves moral consideration.


Eleanor Elizabeth Forman

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


Aditya Prakash @Soytheist

Aditya (soytheist.com & @Soytheist) is an animal rights advocate from Assam in India. His @Soytheist YouTube channel focuses on taking a straightforward & rational approach to animal rights, identity politics & occasionally religion & atheism.

He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find his Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube here or Podcast here.


Tobias Leenaert

Tobias Leenaert headshot

Tobias is an author and a vegan advocacy consultant. He blogs at veganstrategist.org and wrote “How to Create a Vegan World“. He is the co-founder of ProVeg International. He is an Effective Altruist – thinking about the best ways to achieve a compassionate society. He also describes himself as a “Slow opinionist”. He has a naturalistic worldview, although remains open to the possibility there is “something more”.

Find his Sentientist Conversation with me here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast.




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.



Paul Maplesden

Critical thinking and compassion are both essential for a more nurturing world, and Sentientism brings those two things together.

Paul on Facebook

United States

Louis Gough

Although sceptical about the capacities of human reason, I do feel reason should be utilised by humans when making ethical decisions. Reason has thus far indicated to us that, alongside humans, nonhuman animals are sentient. Based on this knowledge, coupled with a rejection of (or ongoing attempt to reject) deluded and destructive anthropocentrism, I feel the least we can do as human beings is behave compassionately toward nonhuman animals (and fellow humans). The practice of veganism is a moral imperative in this connection.

Louis via Email

United Kingdom


Evidence. Reason. Compassion.

Aysha Akhtar

Aysha Akhtar

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is the President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, which is pioneering the transition to replace the use of animals in experimentation with superior human-based testing methods. She is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health, and is a U.S veteran. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program developing the Army’s brain injury prevention and treatment strategies for soldiers. As a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Akhtar frequently deployed to assist with national public health emergencies.

For a decade, Aysha was a Medical Officer at the Food and Drug Administration, most recently in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, implementing studies on vaccine effectiveness and safety and using her Top-Secret Security Clearance to develop national preparedness strategies for public health threats.

Aysha is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She is the author of the two books, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies and Animals and Public Health, which argues for the need for health institutions to include animals as part of the “public” in public health. Aysha is a TEDx speaker.

Aysha is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find Aysha’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on YouTube and Podcast.

Aysha’s TEDx talk  about how treating animals better is not only good for non-human animals, but also good for us human animals.
Aysha’s author profile at HuffPost


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


United States

Sydney Fox

All is one and all beings deserve the freedom to flourish.

United States

Marjorie Ramos

Marjorie Ramos

Because suffering sucks

Marjorie on Facebook

United States

Amanda Harris

Amanda Harris

I like to think I spend my time on this planet developing – my intellect, my reason, my compassion. It takes discipline of thought and love to rise above our basic instincts, and I am happy and willing and loving enough to work towards that discipline for the sake of my fellow sentient beings.
Amanda on Wikipedia

United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Australia

Deborah Barrass

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


Paul Shapiro

Paul Shapiro

Paul is the author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. He is the CEO and co-founder of The Better Meat Co. and the host of the Business for Good Podcast. Prior to publishing Clean Meat, he was known for being an animal protection advocate, both as the founder of Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) and a Vice President at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In 2008, Paul was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Paul’s Sentientist Conversation with Jamie is here on our YouTube and is also on our Sentientism Podcast.

Paul’s four Ted Talks
Paul on Wikipedia


Chris Hopwood

United Kingdom

Corey Lee Wrenn

Corey Lee Wrenn

Corey is a sociologist and scholar of social movements and human-nonhuman relations. She is a lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Corey says: “The magnitude of nonhuman suffering is such that activists can’t afford to take chances. My work is designed to take the guesswork out of social movement mobilization and animal rights activism.” She is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview. She is one of the few academics who has explored the intersection of the atheist/humanist/naturalistic thinking and animal advocacy movements – see this article and her book A Rational Approach to Animal Rights.
Corey’s video/podcast interview on “Sentientist Conversations”
Corey on FaceBook
Corey on Wikipedia


Nicholas Hallows

Where there is sentience there is an experience that matters.


Madison Woodard

United States

Sarah Boka


United States

Laurence Burris

Logic has brought me to the conclusion that Sentientism is the best philosophy to heal the earth & all beings.

Mikko Järvenpää

Mikko Jarvenpaa

Mikko is a tech start-up founder and CEO (now https://candle.to/​). He founded & is now board chair of Sentient Media – an organisation dedicated to making the world a better place for all sentient beings through journalism.

Mikko’s Sentientist Conversation with me on our YouTube and Podcast

Finland, USA

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.


Graham Bessellieu


South Africa

Prince B

Not so United Kingdom

Cebuan Bliss

Cebby Bliss

Cebuan (Cebby) is a PhD candidate researching animal and biodiversity governance at Radboud University in the Netherlands.

Find Cebuan’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on YouTube and on the Sentientism podcast.

Cebuan at Radboud

The Netherlands and UK

Maria Paula Fernandez

I’m a Sentientist because: ethics.


Hannah Dominguez

Sentientism matches my philosophical perspective most accurately. All sentient beings deserve our moral consideration.

United States

Jessica Pierce

Jessica Pierce

Jessica Pierce (born October 21, 1965) is an American bioethicist and writer. She is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She has been writing and lecturing about the moral contours of human-animal relationships for over 15 years and is a leading scholar in animal ethics and environmental bioethics. She has published 11 books, including The Last Walk and Run, Spot, Run, as well as hundreds of scholarly and popular articles. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called All Dogs Go to Heaven. You can find out more about Jessica at jessicapierce.net. Her most recent book, co-authored with Marc Bekoff, is A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without People (Princeton University Press) will be released in October of 2021.

Jessica is vegan and has a naturalistic world-view, although remains open minded about and is influenced by eastern philosophy.  

In Jessica’s Sentientist Conversation with me (also here on podcast), she says “Compassion needs to be grounded in reality”.

Jessica on Wikipedia


Ethical reason, cannot justify speciesism.

United States

Philip Powell

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

United States

Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil

Zoe is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). She is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement. She has authored seven books both for adults and children, including Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. Zoe writes the Becoming a Solutionary blog at Psychology today. She has made numerous TV and radio appearances and has given six TED talks, including “Extending our Circle of Compassion.”
She has said “How can we… expand our circle of compassion to include everybody who can suffer?”
Zoe is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Zoe’s Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast
Institute for Humane Education


Jack Geiger

I care deeply about both rationality and ethics. My ethical foundation is exactly identical to the fundamental tenants of Sentientism. My conclusions and my ethics as a whole seem to differ slightly, but we start from a very similar set of principles.



United States

Jacy Reese Anthis

Jacy Reese Anthis

Jacy is a social scientist and co-founder of the Sentience Institute. His acclaimed book, The End of Animal Farming, analyses the development & popularisation of food technologies such as plant-based & cultivated meat. Jacy’s research has been featured in The GuardianVoxForbes, and other global media outlets, and he has presented at conferences and seminars in over 20 countries. He is currently a PhD Fellow at The University of Chicago. He is from Huntsville, Texas and lives in Chicago with his wife Kelly Anthis and their rescued dogs Apollo & Dionysus.

Jacy is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview and is happy to identify as a “Sentientist”.

Jacy’s Sentientist Conversation with me is on the Sentientism YouTube and podcast.

Jacy on Wikipedia


Jonina Turzi

“I do not want to contribute to suffering.”

Jonina is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Co-Founder of Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. She is involved in the collective liberation movement and identifies as an ecofeminist and a Sentientist.

Find our Sentientist Conversation here on the Sentientism YouTube and here on the Sentientism podcast.



Frank Winfield

Vegan for the animals (and the environment and my health); atheist and sceptic because I believe in reason and logic (superstition and mythology has its place – in history and fiction); socialist because I want a decent world for the many and not the few; anti-monarchist because I have no time for undeserved privilege that sits on the backs of those born without a silver spoon in their mouths.


Elise Catterall

I think the world would be a better place if we all championed animals and their sentience.
VeganCollective on FaceBook



Why cruelty?

Jon Nugent

Sentience is the only logical foundation for ethics.

United Kingdom

Erin Meyer

United States

Matthew Wray Perry

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

United Kingdom

Kyle Johannsen

Kyle Johannsen

Kyle is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University. His research is in social & political philosophy & in animal & environmental ethics. He teaches normative ethics, metaethics, bioethics, business ethics, cyberethics, the philosophy of law, & critical thinking. Kyle is the author of “Wild Animal Ethics – The Moral and Political Problem of Wild Animal Suffering”.

Kyle is vegan and has a sentiocentric and naturalistic worldview. He identifies as a Sentientist.

Find Kyle’s Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast.

Kyle on Academia.edu
Kyle on PhilPeople



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


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



I’m a Sentientist because its what makes sense and we will need this shift if we are to survive as a species



Self-awareness at the molecular level seems intuitively obvious – the universe is a self-aware entity, studying itself through the experience of “being” in all our various forms.


David Turvey

Because and effect!
David on FaceBook

British Isles@One World


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


Joe Wills

Joe Wills

Joe is an author and lecturer at the University of Leicester. His research interests lie in the areas of human rights, animal rights and legal, political and moral theory and he is currently working on issues relating to the moral and legal status of non-human animals.

Joe’s Sentientist Conversation with me on YouTube and Podcast

Joe at the University of Leicester

United Kingdom

Cristian Murgu

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


Roger Greenhalgh



Jamie Harris

Jamie’s Sentientist Conversation with me is here (YouTube and Podcast versions).
Jamie on FaceBook

United Kingdom

Joseph Richardson

I’m a sentientist as excluding anyone’s suffering from moral consideration will always be arbitrary. Hence, the interests of all sentient beings deserve equal consideration.


United Kingdom

Dylan B. Raines

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



Shannon Sagawe

Shannon Sagawe

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


Victoria Léomant

If there is one sentence that could sum up all i am and all i believe it would be ‘respect all and every life, it is the bare minimum, the baseline, the place to start’

Jenny Splitter

Jenny Splitter

Jenny is an award-winning journalist & science writer covering food, agriculture, climate change, biodiversity, health & technology. Her work has been published across a wide range of media outlets including Vox, Forbes, Observer, The Washington Post and New York Magazine. Jenny is a co-founder & contributing editor to the science communication project SciMoms. She is also a podcast host on the Animal Studies channel of the New Books Network & her newsletter, FutureFeed, chronicles change in the food system.

Jenny is vegan, has a naturalistic worldview (culturally reform Jewish) and considers herself a Sentientist.

Find Jenny’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on the Sentientism YouTube and Sentientism Podcast.



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.

The Netherlands

Marc Lian


Steven Peters

Evidence and reason shows what’s real. What matters most is reducing and preventing suffering through compassion for fellow sentient beings.

Aotearoa New Zealand


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


Olenka Graham Castaneda

Because treat others the way you want to be treated.


United States


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

United Kingdom

Tyler John

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

United States

Barış Bayram

Because I’m both (ethical) vegan, and (secular) humanist. 🙂



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».
El Buda Profano (Calle Bolivar 425, Arequipa, Peru)


Michael Keller

Because an unexamined life, is not worth living.


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


Liz Service

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


Ariel Pontes

Because in order to work together to make the world a better place, we need to first agree on what it means to make the world a better place.

Brazil / Romania

Maksymilian Nyk

Because reduction of suffering in all sentient beings via science seems like a good goal.



All sentient beings have interests that deserve full and rational consideration

United Kingdom

David C McLean

See the famous Bentham quote. What matters is can they feel.



All animals—and all beings that can feel—deserve compassion. No matter how hard it is for us, no matter how many of our behaviors we need to change, we must learn to treat other beings how we wish to be treated.

United States

Michael Dello-Iacovo

“Suffering matters, no matter who experiences it. Sentientism is the label that captures this world view.”

Michael Dello-Iacovo (michaeldello.com​ and @MichaelDello​) is a PhD candidate in space science, looking at off-Earth exploration, mining & asteroid impact risk. Michael hosts the Morality is Hard podcast where he examines ethical questions and argues that everyday ethical choices are harder than we think they are. He is currently on the New South Wales state committee for the Animal Justice Party, sits on the national policy committee and is a committee member of the party’s youth wing. Michael has dedicated his life to giving back and making the world a better place for all. To that end, in 2016 he pledged to donate all of his income above $45,000 each year to the most effective charities and causes, a pledge which he will uphold with his parliamentary income, if elected. Michael was previously the CEO of Effective Altruism Australia.

Michael’s Sentientist Conversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast
Michael Dello


Arturs Kanepajs

Sentientism addresses the most important blind spots of Humanism.


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.

United States

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’s Sentientist Conversation with Jamie on YouTube and on the Sentientism Podcast
Roman on Wikipedia
Roman on GoogleScholar


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.

New Zealand

Jacky Z


Stephen Rose


Joey Tuminello

Joey Tuminello headshot

“I’m concerned with oppression in all its forms.”

Joey is assistant professor of philosophy at McNeese State University & programme coordinator for the nonprofits Farm Forward & Better Food Foundation (See also the Default Veg campaign). His research covers philosophies of food, medicine, animals & environment. He teaches biomedical ethics & sections of ethical theory & existentialism.

He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Watch his Sentientist Conversation with me here on YouTube or Podcast.

Joey on Academia.edu



Amit Dwivedi

Sentimental towards Pets.


Diana Fleischman

Diana Fleschman

Diana is an evolutionary psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Her field of research includes the study of disgust, human sexuality, and hormones and behaviour. She is involved in the effective altruism and animal welfare movements and identifies as a feminist and a Sentientist. Diana’s 2018 Darwin Day Lecture, hosted by Humanists UK, was part of the inspiration for our work developing and raising awareness of Sentientism.

Diana’s #SentientistConversation with me on YouTube and Podcast
Diana on Wikipedia
@sentientist (I told you she’s a Sentientist)

Brazil / UK / USA

Andrew Fenton

I am an associate professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University (Andrew at Dalhousie). My areas of specialization are in animal (bio)ethics, naturalized epistemology, neuroethics, and the philosophy of animal behaviour and cognition. I am interested in how deepening scientific understanding of the psychological capacities of various nonhuman animals should change philosophical discussions of their knowledge (beyond a simple reliabilism), agency (including their consent and dissent capacities) and treatment in captivity (primarily in laboratories).


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


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?


Shinya Kabiu

The cruel phenomena that is unwarrantedly perpetuated to sentient beings; known as suffering, is the most tragic thing that has ever happened in this universe.

Shinya Kabiu
South Korea

Sapna Ramnani

I have a strong view that humans should look out for other creatures that share our planet.



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


Aditya SK

Aditya SK headshot

Aditya is the wild animal suffering outreach coordinator for Animal Ethics. He works in grass-roots animal activism with a variety of organisations. He is studying Animal Protection Law at the National Legal Studies Research Institute in India.

He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find Aditya’s Sentientist Conversation with me here on YouTube and here on Podcast.





Objectively Dan

It’s the most compelling description of my sense of ethics.

United States

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


Not a choice. I’ve experienced a lot of trauma and loss in my life which has made me extremely sensitive to all suffering. I’ve been vegetarian for over a year but eating vegan since summer.

United States



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

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’.



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.


Moritz Petzoldt

I hate bricks


Kamugasha Louis

I believe in reason and am an animal




If our ability to suffer doesn’t count for anything, then we could cause the greatest pain/suffering and yet not be held accountable. What decent morality maximizes suffering?

Malola on GoodReads


Cynthia Stewart

Sentience is all that matters.
Cynthia on Facebook


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

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.


Tobias Morgan

Empathy, pure and simple. The rest is praxis.


John Adenitire

John Adenitire

John is a Strategic Lecturer in the School of Law and a Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining QMUL he was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law and Fitzwilliam College. He has taught and researched at Cambridge, Durham, Birmingham, the UCL Constitution Unit, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights. Although he started out as a Sunday School teacher, he now has a non-religious worldview. He is a vocal advocate for veganism and salsa dancing.
John’s Sentientist Conversation with me on YouTube
John at Queen Mary Uni of London


United Kingdom

Elhussein Ali

Because I think so hard that the sentientism is the best option for us, mean all sentient beings, This is for short.

Hessenprime on FaceBook

Cairo, Egypt

Beornn McCarthy

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


LiteraryChange Blog


Dave J

I hold to a moral framework that considers desires the basic unit of moral consideration. All sentient beings have desires, so it’s a natural fit for my moral theory.


Sabine Brels

Sabine Brels

“For me the question is not ‘why care for non-human animals?’ but ‘why not care for them?’ From a Sentientist viewpoint, I think that caring for animals is the only way to build a more humane and moral world for all sentient beings. Evidence, reason and compassion are the tools that the intelligence of the brain and the heart are having to know that animal sentience is as obvious as ours.”

Dr Sabine Brels, PhD in international animal law, is legal advisor to the World Federation for Animals. In 2014, she cofounded the Global Animal Law (GAL) Association and led work on the creation and update of the first complete Animal Welfare Legislation Database.

Find Sabine’s Sentientist Conversation with me here and on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast.


Marcus Daniell

Marcus Daniell playing tennis

Marcus is a professional tennis player. He is a philanthropist and an advocate for effective altruism through his work as the founder of High Impact Athletes and as a member of Giving What We Can. He is veg*an and has a naturalistic worldview.

Marcus’ Sentientist Conversation with me is here on YouTube and Podcast.

Marcus on Wikipedia

New Zealand

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.

United Kingdom

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.

United Kingdom

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


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.


Paul Teas

“One of the things I am most certain of in life is that what is truly valuable from a moral perspective is flourishing and the absence of suffering for all creatures who can experience.”


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.



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

Jonathan Mannhart

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


Zion Lights

Zion Lights

Zion is an author and activist known for her environmental work and science communication. She is UK director of Environmental Progress. She has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion (XR) UK on TV and radio, and founded and edited XR’s Hourglass newspaper. She has written for The Huffington Post, authored the evidence-based nonfiction book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, and given a TEDx talk. She is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.
Zion on our SentientistConversations YouTube series and Sentientism Podcast – “Do you want a habitable planet for your children?”
Zion on Wikipedia

United Kingdom


All beings want to live.



Judy Tiberi

Harm Not for All

United States

Jeff Sebo

Jeff Sebo

Jeff is Clinical Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, & Philosophy, & Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. He is on the executive committee at the NYU Center for Environmental & Animal Protection & the advisory board for the Animals in Context series at NYU Press. He is a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators, a board member at Minding Animals International, an Exec. Cttee. member at the Animals & Society Institute, and a Senior Fellow at Sentient Media. He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview. He has said: “My credence that Sentientism is the correct & only theory of moral status is lower than 1 but it is relatively high.”
Jeff’s Sentientist Conversation with Jamie is here on YouTube
(audio also on the Sentientism podcast)
Jeff on Wikipedia


Julio Cesar Prava

Because our choices need to be based on reason.



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


Antony Kellermann

Those who are able to suffer ought be granted moral consideration.



A J Jacobs

A J Jacobs

AJ is an American journalist, author, and lecturer best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments, including “The Year of Living Biblically”. He is an editor at large for Esquire and has worked for the Antioch Daily Ledger and Entertainment Weekly. Jacobs is a member of Giving What We Can and pledges 10% of lifelong earnings to charity. He donates to the Against Malaria Foundation and other Effective Altruism organizations. He is ~vegan and an atheist (raised secular Jewish). He has said “I love the Sentientism philosophy – we should see all sentient beings as our extended family”.
My “Sentientist Conversation” interview with AJ on YouTube and on our Sentientism Podcast (also on Anchor)
AJ on Wikipedia



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


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.”

Stijn is a physicist, economist, animal activist, rational moral philosopher and an Effective Altruist. He co-founded and is president of Effective Altruism Belgium. He’s currently researching economics at the university of Leuven.

Stijn on our Sentientist Conversations YouTube and Podcast series – “My enemy, which I will destroy, is arbitrariness!”


Alex Hedtke

Everyone should be judged not by the circumstances of their birth, but by the pattern of their mind. Anything that can experience, that can suffer, has moral weight to its existence.

Alex on FaceBook

United States


United States

Raphael Nicolle

Differences don’t matter, only sentience does.

United Kingdom

Walter Veit

Walter Veit

Walter is an interdisciplinary scientist, philosopher and writer focusing on biology, minds and ethics. He publishes the ‘Science and Philosophy‘ series on Psychology Today and Medium. He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Watch his Sentientist Conversation with me here or listen to the podcast version on Apple here or on other platforms here.


Australia, USA, UK

Myq Kaplan

Myq Kaplan

Myq is a stand-up comedian. He has performed on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Late Late Show with James Corden, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his own one-hour special on Netflix and now Amazon, “Small, Dork, and Handsome.” He has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. His debut album “Vegan Mind Meld” was one of iTunes’ top 10 comedy albums of the year and his latest album, AKA, debuted at #1.
He is vegan and, while having a strong affinity to Buddhist philosophy, has a naturalistic worldview, having described himself as “atheistic”.

Myq’s Sentientist Conversation with Jamie on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast
Myq on Wikipedia


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.


Genetically Modified Skeptic

GM Skeptic

Drew is an atheist, activist, science advocate and YouTuber at Genetically Modified Skeptic.  He says: “Skepticism and compassion can co-exist.”
In this January 2021 video, “Why I am no longer a Humanist“, viewed over 100,000 times in the first few days after publication, he talks about how a naturalistic worldview
challenges both religion and anthropocentrism. He describes his own journey from religion, through atheism and Humanism and on to Sentientism. In the video he says, “I consider humans in my moral framework because they have the capacity to suffer  – and now, I consider other animals in my moral framework for the same reason.” While continuing to agree with the core tenets of Humanism (evidence, reason and a focus on human wellbeing), he says “I do like the labels of Sentientist and ethical vegan.” He calls for the end to all animal exploitation, including animal agriculture.
Genetically Modified Skeptic YouTube
GMSkeptic on Facebook



Although I gave up meat many years ago it was relatively recently that I learned more about the exploitation and cruelty in the agricultural industry, that meant dairy cows as well as though bred for meat were often treated badly and would be killed after a few years, often male dairy calves are merely useless to them so they can be sent to the veal trade? Surely even worse than eating meat. As well as avoiding animal tested make up and skin care I try to join the animal rights community in signing petitions, raising awareness of cruelty from Taji dolphin hunting to the UK badger cull, which again is linked to practices in the dairy industry, intensive farming has spread BTB in cattle yet badgers are blamed, why? There are so many MPs in the Conservative DEFRA who are pro hunt and shoot it is hard to find a voice, but hopefully with platforms like this change is coming. The Dominion attitude has reigned for too long, even though I’m not an atheist and believe in Jesus Christ, I also think that it is human attitudes that have led to so much cruelty to people outside the West and animals in the serach for new territory and riches, a way of living alongside nature not owning it should be our goal as more sustainable peoples have known for centuries.

United Kingdom

Urmi Chanda

Compassion and reason the cornerstones of a peaceful and progressive society, and I personally wouldn’t mind calling myself a sentientist. However, as a person who dabbles with faith and faith traditions, I have to respect the beliefs of many, which cannot always be backed by reason. As long as people find their peace. 🙂
Urmi’s Centre for Interfaith Peace and Dialogue on Facebook



Because it is altruism that makes sense!


Devin Kalish

Because Humanism isn’t good enough when it tolerates the tremendous moral injustices caused by speciesism today.


Kim Stallwood

Kim Stallwood

I am an animal rights author, independent scholar, consultant, and speaker. I have 45 years of personal commitment as a vegan and professional experience in leadership positions with some of the world’s foremost animal advocacy organisations. The Kim Stallwood Archive is held by The British Library. I wrote Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate with a Foreword by Brian May (Lantern Books, 2014). I am currently working on the biography of an elephant called Topsy. I became a vegetarian in 1974 after working in a chicken slaughterhouse and a vegan in 1976.

Kim’s #SentientistConversation with me on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast
Kim on Wikipedia


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.



Kevin Saldanha

Kevin Saldhana

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.
Kevin on FaceBook


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

Sean Richardson

Because compassion and reason will prevail over injustice.
Sean on Facebook


Shaya Ish-Shalom

Compassion for and kindness to every sentient creature.

Shaya Ish-Shalom


United States

Pöm Frånz

Commitment to scientific morality.

United States

Love Our Mother

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

Tristan Katz

I’m a Sentientist because a being’s physical differences from us or its intellectual capabilities do not matter for how I should treat them. The only relevant consideration is their sentience – I believe that anyone who has spent any time caring for animals knows this at some level.




Why not?

David Clemens

Without evidence why believe a thing?

United States


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


Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff

Marc is a biologist, ethologist, behavioural ecologist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the co-founder, with Jane Goodall, of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim fellow. He lectures internationally on animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and behavioral ecology, and writes a science column about animal emotion for Psychology Today. He is an advocate for the compassionate conservation movement that aims to improve environmentalism by embedding a moral concern for individual sentient animals. In 1986 Marc won the Master’s age-graded Tour de France. Marc is a vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Marc’s #SentientistConversation on the Sentientism YouTube Channel and Podcast.
Marc on Wikipedia


Marc Bekoff



Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell waving pride flags from a car

Jane is a TV broadcaster, author, journalist & now CEO of the animal rights non-profit Jane Unchained. For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News. She has written four books, two of which were NY Times bestsellers. She has won numerous awards for her activism on behalf of non-human animals.

Jane is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Find her Sentientist Conversation with mehere on the Sentientism YouTube and Podcast. In it, she says “The root of all evil is thinking some suffering doesn’t matter”.

Jane Unchained


Teri Williford

It just makes sense!

United States

Zane Celmer

The consideration of others not based on species is virtuous



Matt Williams

Before I had heard the term ‘Sentientism’ I had already been involved in animal rights and have loved science for as long as I can remember. I hope that during my lifetime, ‘Sentientism’ becomes a normalised term in the public sphere for rational, compassionate people – or at least those of us who strive to that ideal.
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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.

Fiji Islands

North Hunter

As someone who is personally against bigotry, speciesism seems like a combination of racism, sexism, and ableism combined. I see no reason why someone that has the mental capabilities of a 3-5 year old (ex, pigs) should be treated the way they are simply because they have a body that does not look like a monkey, as ours does. If monkeys (homo sapiens) deserve rights and to live (as I believe they do) free of discrimination despite mental or physical differences, then why is someone to be judged on their worth for having feathers or hooves when we’ve already determined that judging someone on their bodily abilities and appearance is not justification for denying them personhood rights? It would be ethically inconsistent to be speciesist while claiming to be antiracist, antisexist, and/or antiableist.



Vicky Bond

Vicky Bond

Vicky is Managing Director of The Humane League UK. After working as a veterinary surgeon in the animal agriculture industry she left to focus her career on campaigning for non-human animals. She is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.
Vicky’s Sentientist Conversation with me is here on YouTube and here on our Podcast (all platforms!).

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