Who?

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.


Philosophical Disquisitions: Is Effective Altruism ...

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.


Facebook “f” Logo Download and Usage Guidelines

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.

Philip Powell

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

United States

Jon Nugent

Sentience is the only logical foundation for ethics.
@JonNugentPhoto1

United Kingdom

Amit

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

USA

Raphael Nicolle

Differences don’t matter, only sentience does.

United Kingdom

Cynthia Stewart

Sentience is all that matters.
Cynthia on Facebook

USA

Sarah Boka

😎

United States

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

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

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
@URM1

India

Samantha

All sentient beings have interests that deserve full and rational consideration

United Kingdom

Kamugasha Louis

I believe in reason and am an animal

@UgandaCenter

Uganda

Eleanor Elizabeth Forman

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

USA

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Canada

David Clemens

Without evidence why believe a thing?

United States

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.
kimstallwood.com

UK

Thierry

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

Belgium

Laurence

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

UK

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

Sean Richardson

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

USA

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’
@LeomantVictoria

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

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

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

David

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

Australia

Tyler John

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

United States

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

Lesleigh

United States

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.
@JulieTaylorfai1

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

Pooya

Sweden

Felion

Austria

Anne

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

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

Zane Celmer

The consideration of others not based on species is virtuous

@ZCelmer

US

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

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

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

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

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

Tom

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

Australia

Shannon Sagawe

Shannon Sagawe

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

Switzerland

Salanieta Koro

I think… therefore I am a sentientist.

Salanieta on FaceBook

Fiji

Hannah Dominguez

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

United States

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.

UK

Cristian Murgu

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

Romania

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

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

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.
brianpellis.net
liberationism.org

USA

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

Michael Dello-Iacovo

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

Australia

Marc Lian

Singapore

Daniel Ouka

Principles of humanism extended beyond humans.
@Dan_Ouka_Writes

United Kingdom

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”.
@micknugent
michaelnugent.com
Michael on Wikipedia

Michael Nugent
Ireland

Beornn McCarthy

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

@beornnmccarthy

LiteraryChange Blog

Australia

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

Love Our Mother

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

Erin Meyer

United States

Derek Clark

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

US

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!).
@vickybond_THLUK

United Kingdom

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

George

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

South Korea
SK

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

Julio Cesar Prava

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

Brasil

Amit Dwivedi

Sentimental towards Pets.
@Mahi_773

India

Roger Greenhalgh

Compassion

England

Nicholas Hallows

Where there is sentience there is an experience that matters.
@NicholasHallows

Malaysia

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

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 (she just hasn’t joined our “wall” yet). 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 on Wikipedia
dianaverse.com
@sentientist (I told you she’s a Sentientist)

Brazil / UK / USA

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.

@webmasterdave
The Hedonistic Imperative (HedWeb)

England

Tobias Morgan

Empathy, pure and simple. The rest is praxis.
@tobiasemorgan
tobiasmorgan.com

Poland

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

Liz Service

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

UK

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

Canada

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

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

Quin

United States

Clare Harris

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

Australia

Gabriel Mello

Sentientism for justice and equality.
@MelloDinossauro

Brasil

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

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 will also be released on our Podcast.
Paul’s four Ted Talks
Paul on Wikipedia
paul-shapiro.com
@PaulHShapiro

USA

Sapna Ramnani

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

UK

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

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

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

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

Michael Keller

Because an unexamined life, is not worth living.

USA

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

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

Arturs Kanepajs

Sentientism addresses the most important blind spots of Humanism.

Latvia

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
@romanyam

USA

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
zionlights.co.uk
@ziontree

United Kingdom

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

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

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

Kat

Why not?

Aaron River

All of us & this planet.
@runsthruit

USA

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.”
@lced_Teas

USA

Allison M

Because it’s sensical.
@Allison23829042

Canada

Dylan B. Raines

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

@dylanbraines

USA

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

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.
@arielpontes

Brazil / Romania

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.
@pimlicat

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

Laurence Burris

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

Evangeline

Evangeline

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.
@Evangel76283187

Greece

Elise Catterall

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

Australia

Charlie

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

U.K.

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
@popcornjotter

United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Australia

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

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

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

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

David Turvey

Because and effect!
David on FaceBook
@daftguru

British Isles@One World

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 Singer 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.
@PeterSinger
https://petersinger.info/
Peter on Wikipedia

USA / Australia

Beckham

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

@Karrrisa_TD

 

USA

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

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

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
@ajjacobs
ajjacobs.com

USA

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. More recently, Sentientism has been re-cast to include a wider naturalistic commitment – using evidence and reason in all domains. Richard still considers himself a sentientist 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.
Richard on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

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

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

Netherlands

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
caroleraphaelledavis.com
@caroleraphaelle

USA

Scott Haley

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

United States

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

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.
Matt on FaceBook

Australia

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 on our Sentientist Conversations series – “My enemy, which I will destroy, is arbitrariness!”
@StijnBruers
stijnbruers.wordpress.com

Belgium

Stephen Rose

Australia

Rohin Shah

United States

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

Prince B

Not so United Kingdom

Shaya Ish-Shalom

Compassion for and kindness to every sentient creature.

Shaya Ish-Shalom

 

United States

Bianca OrangeHealia Morris

Animals. Health. Planet. Humanity. Future.
@OrangeHealia

Spain

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
@JohnAdenitire

 

United Kingdom

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

Amélie

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

United Kingdom

Pöm Frånz

Commitment to scientific morality.

United States

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

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

Deborah Barrass

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

UK

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