Celebrity Suspected Sentientists

These people are mostly suspected sentientists that haven’t (yet) explicitly stated their Sentientism on our Wall of Sentientists or elsewhere. For each person, we’ve set out some evidence that suggests they’re committed to evidence and reason (for example, because of their atheism, scepticism, free thinking or humanism) and that they grant moral consideration to all sentient beings (for example, through ethical veganism). In some cases, they’ve since confirmed they’re a Sentientist, some through being a guest on the #SentientistConversations YouTube and Podcast. I’ve left them here as well as adding them to the “Wall“.

You can suggest others on our “I know a Sentientist” page.

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.

@DrAyshaAkhtar
ayshaakhtar.com
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

US

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”.

jessicapierce.net
Jessica on Wikipedia

Tom Regan

Tom Regan headshot

Tom was a philosopher who specialized in animal rights theory. He was professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, where he taught from 1967 until his retirement in 2001. Tom was the author of numerous books on the philosophy of animal rights, including The Case for Animal Rights, one of a handful of studies that have significantly influenced the modern animal rights movement. In these books he argued that non-human animals are what he called the “subjects-of-a-life” (approximately sentient – capable of experience), just as humans are, and that, if we want to ascribe value to all human beings regardless of their ability to be rational agents, then to be consistent, we must similarly ascribe it to non-humans.

From 1985, he served with his wife Nancy as co-founder and co-president of the Culture and Animals Foundation, a nonprofit organization “committed to fostering the growth of intellectual and artistic endeavors united by a positive concern for animals.”

Tom was vegan and seems to have had a naturalistic worldview. While relying on a secular perspective he also worked to encourage those with religious worldviews to take the rights of sentient animals seriously, as in this piece.

Tom on Wikipedia
regan.animalsvoice.com

USA

David Olivier

David Olivier

David is a philosopher and antispeciesist activist. He is founder of the French journal Cahiers antispécistes (“Antispeciesist Notebooks”), the annual event Veggie Pride and of the annual meeting Les Estivales de la question animale (“The Summers of the Animal Question”). Olivier is also the creator of the term “veggiephobia” and of numerous articles and conferences. He is an atheist. He is an advocate of utilitarian ethics and defines himself politically as a progressive.
david.olivier.name
David on Wikipedia

France

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Ricky is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is an advocate for animal rights and for atheism, secularism and humanism. He seems to be vegan. He has said “It’s awful to think of people eating dogs, but some people eat pork. I don’t, but some people do. And a pig is just like a dog, there is no difference between them.”
Ricky on Wikipedia
@rickygervais

United Kingdom

Henry Sidgwick

Henry Sidgwick

Henry was an English utilitarian philosopher and economist. He was the Knightbridge Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1883 until his death, and is best known in philosophy for his utilitarian treatise The Methods of Ethics. He was one of the founders and first president of the Society for Psychical Research and a member of the Metaphysical Society and promoted the higher education of women. His work in economics has also had a lasting influence. In 1875 he co-founded Newnham College, a women-only constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Newnham College’s co-founder was Millicent Garrett Fawcett. In The Methods of Ethics he granted moral consideration to sentient beings, not just to humans. The term “sentient” appears 47 times in the text.

Henry had a lifelong interest in the paranormal. Despite his role in institutionalizing parapsychology as a discipline, apparently he had upon it an “overwhelmingly negative, destructive effect, akin to that of recent debunkers of parapsychology”. He and his Sidgwick Group associates became notable for exposing fraud mediums. While he was brought up in the Church of England by a Reverend father, he turned away from the church and was later agnostic. Much of his ethical work focused on developing foundations for morality that did not require any supernatural basis.
Henry on Wikipedia

 

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

Kristen is an actress, singer, producer, and voice actress. She is vegan and a non-religious humanist.
Kristen on Wikipedia
@KristenBell

USA

Eze Paez

Eze Paez

Eze is a Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellow at the Law & Philosophy Group of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is also a board member of the UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics, a think tank dedicated to the promotion of the full consideration of nonhuman animals in all areas of public life.

His current research focuses on the alleviation of wild animal suffering and on developing a neorepublican approach to the political status of nonhuman animals that focuses on their freedom through immunity from domination.

He says: ” I strongly believe in the need to engage in politics in order to create a better world for all sentient beings, including nonhuman animals.”

Eze is vegan and an atheist.

@Eze_pz
ezepaez.com

Catalonia

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter is a human rights campaigner, best known for his work with LGBT social movements. He 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.
Peter on Wikipedia
PeterTatchell.net
@PeterTatchell

United Kingdom

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.

India

Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Richard is a philosopher at the City University of New York. His work is focused on the philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, and the foundations of cognitive science. He also has interests and projects in the philosophy of language, metaethics, philosophy of physics, logic and the philosophy of logic, as well as the history of philosophy. He blogs at Philosophy Sucks! and hosts the Consciousness Live! podcast.

He is vegan and has a naturalistic worldview.

Richard’s Sentientist Conversation with me will be out soon on YouTube and Podcast.

@Onemorebrown
onemorebrown.com

USA

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

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne is a fashion designer and businesswoman. She is an atheist and either vegetarian or vegan.
Vivienne on Wikipedia
@FollowWestwood

United Kingdom

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin is an actor, environmentalist, animal rights activist, and producer. He is vegan and an atheist.
Joaquin on Wikipedia

USA

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

Mary was a novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley (also a suspected Sentientist). Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft (another suspected Sentientist). Mary was an ethical vegetarian or vegan and seems to have had a naturalistic worldview, generally being considered an agnostic.
Mary on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Liz Ross

Liz Ross

Liz is an activist who co-founded and runs the Vegan Advocacy Initiative. She is vegan and a secular humanist.
@Lizveg

USA

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.

@wrwveit
walterveit.com

Australia, USA, UK

Leilani Munter

Leilani Munter

Leilani is a professional racing driver and an activist for animal and environmental causes. She has been vegan since 2011 and seems to have a naturalistic, non-religious worldview.
Leilani on Wikipedia
@LeilaniMunter
Leilani on Instagram

USA

Gary Holt

Gary Holt

Gary is a musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a guitarist, the bandleader, and the main songwriter for thrash metal band Exodus and was a member of Slayer from 2011 to 2019. He is vegan and an atheist.
Gary on Wikipedia
@garyholt_official

USA

Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Chris is a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the CBBC children’s nature series The Really Wild Show from 1986 to 1995. He has also presented the BBC nature series Springwatch, including Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, since 2009. He is a Humanist and announced his veganism during his 2020 Darwin Day Lecture, hosted by Humanists UK.
Chris on Wikipedia
chrispackham.co.uk
@ChrisGPackham

United Kingdom

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
@myqkaplan
Myq on Wikipedia
myqkaplan.com

USA

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

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Bryan is a singer, guitarist, composer, record producer, photographer, philanthropist, and activist. He has been vegan since 1989 and is an atheist.
Bryan on Wikipedia
@bryanadams

Canada

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.

@KyleJohannsen2
Kyle on Academia.edu
Kyle on PhilPeople

Canada

Sole

MC Sole

James Timothy “Tim” Holland Jr., better known by his stage name Sole, is an underground hip hop artist from Portland, Maine. He is one of eight co-founders of the record label Anticon. He has been a member of the groups Northern Exposure, Live Poets, Deep Puddle Dynamics, So-Called Artists, Da Babylonianz, Sole and the Skyrider Band and Waco Boyz. While living in Denver, Sole was active in the local outpost of the Occupy Wall Street political movement. He has been involved in various anarchist projects and he hosts a podcast about revolutionary politics and radical philosophy called “The Solecast.”

Sole is vegan and seems to have a naturalistic worldview.

@mcsole
soleone.org
Sole on Wikipedia

 

USA

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Michael is an actor and voice actor. He is best known for his role as Worf in the Star Trek franchise. He is vegan and seems to have a non-religious worldview.
Michael on Wikipedia
@akaworf
Thanks to @cgbessellieu for nominating!

USA

Elliot Page

Elliot Page

Elliot is an actor and producer. He is vegan and an atheist.
Elliot on religion: “Religion has always been used for beautiful things, and also as a way to justify discrimination—whether it’s gender, or race, or the LGBT community, or what have you. Personally, I’m an atheist, so I just have no time for it.” (Time).
Elliot on veganism: ““Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” (FriendlyFig)
Elliot on Wikipedia
@TheElliotPage

Canada

Lucius Caviola

Lucius Caviola

Lucius is a postdoctoral researcher in moral psychology at Harvard University. His research focuses on investigating how people give to charity, how they morally value animals, and how they think about the future of humanity. He co-founded and directed the Effective Altruism Foundation (Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus) and remains an advisor for the foundation. He has a naturalistic worldview. A central focus of his work is countering speciesism and on helping humans extend their moral consideration to other sentient beings.
@LuciusCaviola
luciuscaviola.com

USA

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!”
@StijnBruers
stijnbruers.wordpress.com

Belgium

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley was one of the major English romantic poets. He was a naturalistic atheist per his pamphlet “The Necessity of Atheism” and an advocate of non-violent resistance.
Shelly was an ethical vegan (then called vegetarian). His compassion for sentient beings led him to write: “If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery”; “Never again may blood of bird or beast/ Stain with its venomous stream a human feast,/ To the pure skies in accusation steaming”; and “It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.”
Shelley on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Theophrastus

Theophrastus

Theophrastus (~371 – ~287 BCE) , a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He was vegetarian or vegan, on the grounds that farming animals robs them of life and was therefore unjust. Non-human animals, he said, can reason, sense, and feel just as human beings do.  He seems to have had a naturalistic worldview. He doubted the idea of a spirit independent of organic activity, although stopped short of completely rejecting it.
Theophrastus on Wikipedia

Greece

Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer

Jasmin is an animal rights activist, writer, speaker and actress. She is vegan and describes herself as an atheist. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Our Hen House and has been the senior editor of VegNews since 2016. She also supports LGBTQ+ and overlapping social justice issues.
Jasmin on Wikipedia
jasminsinger.com
@jasmin_singer

USA

Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta

Hemant is an author, blogger, and atheist activist. He is either vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons.
Hemant on Wikipedia
@hemantmehta

USA

stic.man

Stic.Man

Khnum Muata Ibomu, better known by his stage name stic.man, is a rapper, activist and author known for his work as one half of the political hip-hop duo Dead Prez with M-1. He is vegan and seems to have a naturalistic worldview. The Dead Prez song “Propoganda” includes the lyric: “Man made God, outta ignorance and fear.”
stic.man on Wikipedia

USA

Strato of Lampsacus

Strato of Lampsacus

Strato (~335 – ~269 BCE) was a Peripatetic philosopher, and the third director of the Lyceum after the death of Theophrastus. He devoted himself especially to the study of natural science, and increased the naturalistic elements in Aristotle’s thought to such an extent that he denied the need for an active god to construct the universe preferring to place the government of the universe in the unconscious force of nature alone. He wrote three books relating to animals but his stance on the moral salience of sentience is unclear. He may well have been vegetarian/vegan given the philosophy of Theophrastus, his predecessor, and others in the Peripatetic and Pythagorean traditions.
Strato of Lampsacus on Wikipedia

Greece

Joel Okwemba

Joel Okwemba

Joel is Managing Director of the Centre for International and Security Affairs (CISA), a think tank and consulting organisation working to improve international relations and foreign policy capability in Africa. He is vegan and a humanist.
@JoelOkwemba
joelokwemba.com

Kenya

Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel

Michaela is an actress, screenwriter, director, producer, and singer, best known for creating and starring in “Chewing Gum” and “I May Destroy You”. She is vegan and an atheist (ex-Pentecostal Christian).
Michaela on Wikipedia
@MichaelaCoel

United Kingdom

Al-Ma’arri

Al-Ma'arri

Al-Ma’arri, also known under his Latin name Abulola Moarrensis (973 – 1057) was a blind Arab philosopher, poet, and writer. Despite holding a controversially irreligious worldview, he is regarded as one of the greatest classical Arabic poets. He was a robust naturalist and rationalist and attacked the dogmas and practices of many religions. He was a vegan, known in his time as moral vegetarianism, entreating: “do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals / Or the white milk of mothers who intended its pure draught / for their young”.
Al-Ma’arri on Wikipedia

Syria

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.

@PeterSinger
Petersinger.info
Peter on Wikipedia

USA / Australia

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.

Canada

Matt Haig

Matt Haig

Matt is a novelist and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre. He is vegan and describes himself as both an atheist and a humanist.
Matt on Wikipedia
matthaig.com
@matthaig1

United Kingdom

Deborah Meaden

Deborah Meaden

Deborah is a businesswoman who ran a multimillion-pound family holiday business, before completing a management buyout, but is now best known for her appearances on the BBC Two business programme Dragons’ Den. She supports a range of charitable initiatives spanning human and non-human animal causes. She is ~vegan and an atheist.
Deborah on Wikipedia
@DeborahMeaden

United Kingdom

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

Rooney is an actress, philanthropist and founder of a vegan clothing business. She is vegan and has been reported to be an atheist.
Rooney on Wikipedia

USA

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.

@zoophilosophy
heatherbrowning.net

Australia and UK

Alex Hershaft

Alex Hershaft

Alex is an American animal rights activist, Holocaust survivor, and co-founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), the nation’s oldest (1976) organization devoted exclusively to promoting the rights of animals not to be raised for food. He has played a prominent role in movements for religious freedom and environmental quality, including a term serving on the board of the American Humanist Association.
He has said: “My first hand experience with animal farming was instrumental [in devoting my life to animal rights and veganism]. I noted the many similarities between how the Nazis treated us and how we treat animals, especially those raised for food. Among these are the use of cattle cars for transport and crude wood crates for housing, the cruel treatment and deception about impending slaughter, the processing efficiency and emotional detachments of the perpetrators, and the piles of assorted body parts – mute testimonials to the victims they were once a part of.”
Alex on YouTube talking to Alex O’Connor (CosmicSkeptic) – also a Suspected Sentientist.
@AlexHershaft
Alex on Wikipedia
theveganblog.org
neveragain.global

USA

Amanda Harris

Amanda Harris

Amanda is an actress. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia and spent her childhood in Papua New Guinea before moving to Britain. A longstanding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, she received an Olivier Award for her role as Emilia in the 2004 RSC production of Othello. She won the Clarence Derwent Award in 2007. Amanda is vegan, has a naturalistic world view and identifies as a Sentientist. Here she is on our “Wall”!
Amanda on Wikipedia
@popcornjotter

United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Australia

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”
@DrCoreyLeeWrenn
Corey on FaceBook
CoreyLeeWrenn.com
Corey on Wikipedia

UK/USA

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.

@jacyanthis
jacyanthis.com
Jacy on Wikipedia

USA

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

@DrJoeWills
Joe at the University of Leicester

United Kingdom

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary was a writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights. She was an advocate of non-human animal ethics and was an inspiration for the satire “A Vindication Of The Rights Of Brutes” that argued if women and men can have rights, then why not non-human animals. She was a rationalist and described herself as agnostic in later life.
Mary on Wikipedia
Thank you to @EileenHBotting for this context.

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry

United Kingdom

Jim Mason

Jim Mason

Jim is a lawyer, journalist and animal rights activist. He was introduced to philosopher Peter Singer in 1974. Their book Animal Factories was first published in 1980 and revised in 1990. It provides a critical review and photographic documentation of factory farming practices in North America. Jim was elected to the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2001. He is a vegan and seems to have a naturalistic worldview. He criticises the dominionism often present in supernatural and religious thinking, saying “Dominionism is the worldview or belief held by one species that it has a divine right to use animals and everything else in the living world for its own benefit.” He has said “Drop the mysticism and the phony irrelevant stories and recognize reality. Biology. We are animals who evolved from other animals who evolved into our animal cousins. Science. Biology. Reality please.”
Jim on Wikipedia
jimmason.website

USA

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage

Peter is an actor, producer and animal rights activist. He is an atheist (lapsed Catholic) and a vegan. While working on the “Face Your Food” film, he said: “The images you’re about to see might make you want to turn away, but this is what you pay for every time you buy meat, eggs, and dairy products.”
Peter on Wikipedia

USA

Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy

Kerry is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol East since 2005. On World Vegan Day in November 2011, McCarthy became the first British MP to set out in Parliament the case for becoming vegan. She is a vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She is an atheist.
Kerry on Wikipedia
kerrymccarthy.wordpress.com
@KerryMP

United Kingdom

Robin Quivers

Robin Quivers

Robin is a radio personality, author, and actress. She is vegan (she has written a book about her vegan diet) and an atheist.
Robin on Wikipedia
@rqui

USA

Catia Faria

Catia Faria

Catia is a moral philosopher and activist for animal rights and feminism. She is a postdoctoral researcher for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology at the University of Minho and is a board member of the UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics. Previously, Catia was a lecturer in Ethics and Sustainability at Pompeu Fabra University and a visiting researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Catia’s PhD thesis was the first of its kind to defend the idea that humans should help non-human animals in the wild to reduce the problem of wild animal suffering. In 2015, Faria co-edited, with Eze Paez, a double volume of the journal “Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism”, on the problem of wild animal suffering and ways to reduce it. In 2020, Faria co-authored, with Oscar Horta, a chapter on welfare biology in The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics.

Catia is vegan, grants moral consideration based on sentience and seems to have a naturalistic worldview.

Catia on Wikipedia
@catiaxfaria

Portugal

Élisée Reclus

Élisée Reclus

Élisée was a renowned French geographer, writer and anarchist. He was an atheist and an ethical vegetarian. He said “The horse and the cow, the rabbit and the cat, the deer and the hare, the pheasant and the lark, please us better as friends than as meat.”
Élisée on Wikipedia

France

Roos Vonk

Roos Vonk headshot

Roos is a professor of social psychology at Radboud University and a public speaker. She conducts scientific research and teaches about topics including first impressions, self-knowledge, behavioral change and human-animal relationships.

Roos is vegan and seems to have a naturalistic worldview.

Roosvonk.nl
@Roosvonk
Roos on Wikipedia

The Netherlands

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict is an actor. He is vegan and, as someone who is “at least philosophically” Buddhist, it is unclear whether he holds supernatural beliefs. He has said “No, I’m quite a rationalist. I’m not superstitious. I think life is too full of natural wonders and logical complexities to worry about illogical things.”
Benedict on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Malola

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

Ecuador

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.

@CebbyBliss
Cebuan at Radboud

The Netherlands and UK

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
jeffsebo.net
@jeffrsebo

USA

Sir George Greenwood

Headshot of George Greenwood

George was a lawyer, politician, cricketer, and an advocate of the Shakespeare authorship question. He chaired the first meeting of the Secular Education League, wrote a book on rationalism called “The Faith of an Agnostic” and was a well known animal welfare advocate. This “brief biography” includes a memory from his daughter, Elsie, that he died half way through writing a letter about animal welfare.
George on Wikipedia
Thanks to Maddy Goodall from Humanists UK for this suggestion.

United Kingdom

CosmicSkeptic

CosmicSkeptic

Alex O’Connor, also known as CosmicSkeptic, is a YouTuber, writer and podcaster. He speaks and writes regularly about his atheism and his veganism.
In this video clip he says “I don’t like calling myself a Humanist for the rather controversial reason of not thinking that we should just put humans at the basis of our ethic and morality.” He says “I would call myself a subscriber of… there’s this new term going around… Sentientism” but says “if it wasn’t such a terrible term that just doesn’t roll off the tongue and has no wit about it – then maybe I’d call myself one… there needs to be a better word for that.” 🙂
@CosmicSkeptic
CosmicSkeptic YouTube

United Kingdom

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

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

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
@MarcusDaniell

New Zealand

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.

@jennysplitter
jennysplitter.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. 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

Madelaine Petsch

Madelaine Petsch

Madelaine is an actress and YouTuber. She is a vegan and is non-religious.
Madelaine on Wikipedia
@madelainepetsch

USA

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein is known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics.

Einstein did talk about “the god of Spinoza” but seemed to see these in a firmly naturalistic context. He preferred to describe himself as agnostic rather than atheist. He did not believe in a personal god or an afterlife saying “No. And one life is enough for me.” He served on the advisory board of the First Humanist Society of New York and was an honorary associate of the Rationalist Association. He also said: “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. … I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.”

He seems to have been vegetarian by the end of his life. He said: “Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures…” and “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”

Thanks to @its_sethlee for suggesting Einstein as a “proto-Sentientist” and for his research shared in our Sentientism FaceBook Group (all welcome – Sentientist or not!).

Einstein on Wikipedia

Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

Ezra is a American journalist, political analyst, New York Times columnist, and the host of The Ezra Klein Show podcast. He is a co-founder of Vox and formerly served as the website’s editor-at-large. He has held editorial positions at The Washington Post and The American Prospect and was a regular contributor to Bloomberg News and MSNBC. His first book, Why We’re Polarized, was published in 2020.

Ezra is ~vegan and has published on the ethics of animal farming. He has described himself as an agnostic and seems to have a naturalistic worldview.

Ezra on Wikipedia
@ezraklein

USA

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
carriepoppy.horse
@CarriePoppyYES

United States

Stevan Harnad

Stevan Harnad

Stevan is a Hungarian-born cognitive scientist based in Montréal, Canada. His research interests are in cognitive science, open access and animal sentience. Stevan is currently Editor-in-Chief of the refereed journal Animal Sentience. He is an activist for non-human animals and is vegan. He has a naturalistic, non-religious worldview.
Stevan on Wikipedia
SkyWritings
@amsciforum

Hungary / Canada

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woody is an actor and playwright. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He has rejected the Christian faith he was brought up with but it’s unclear whether he still holds some supernatural beliefs. He has said: “I was getting into theology and studying the roots of the Bible, but then I started to discover the man-made nature of it. I started seeing things that made me ask ‘Is God really speaking through this instrument?’ My eyes opened to the reality of the bible being just a document to control people.” He is vegan.
Woody on Wikipedia
@WoodyHarrelson

USA

Rachel Krantz

Rachel Krantz

Rachel is an award winning writer, podcast host and media consultant. She is on the advisory board for Sentient Media and the board of directors of Our Hen House. Rachel does nonprofit media consulting, especially for vegan organizations and brands. She seems to have a naturalistic worldview.
@RachelKrantz
racheljkrantz.com

USA

Rebecca Buxton

Rebecca Buxton

Rebecca is a philosophy researcher at the University of Oxford, specialising in political philosophy and migration. Her current research focuses on the political rights of refugees in various settings and the concept of ‘membership’ in political and social theory. Rebecca is also interested in migration studies, the history of political thought, non-human animals and feminist philosophy/political theory. Rebecca co-edited “The Philosopher Queens“, a 2020 book about women philosophers by women philosophers.
Rebecca is vegan and seems to have a naturalistic worldview.
@RebeccaBuxton
rebeccabuxton.com

United Kingdom

Hopsin

Hopsin

Marcus Jamal Hopson, known professionally as Hopsin, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

He follows a straight edge lifestyle which often implies a serious stance re: non-human animal ethics, including veganism. He seems to have a naturalistic worldview, having left Christianity and not believing in a god – although still saying “I want god to be real”.

@hopsin
Hopsin on Wikipedia

USA

Leslie Allan

Leslie Allan

Leslie is a public speaker and philosopher. While studying philosophy and the history of religions at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, he received the David Hume prize for outstanding achievement in philosophy. He created and runs Rational Realm, which hosts writing by Leslie and other authors taking a rational approach to philosophy, history and science. He is a Humanist and has written popular articles and academic papers (for example, Animal Rights and the Wrongness of Killing) about how a naturalistic worldview should lead us to grant moral consideration to other sentient beings.
@leslieallan
Leslie at RationalRealm

Australia

Donald Watson

Donald Watson

Donald was an animal rights advocate who founded the Vegan Society in 1944. In the same year, Donald and his wife, Dorothy, coined the word ‘vegan’ from the first three and last two letters of ‘vegetarian’. Donald described himself in this interview as agnostic, saying, “I’ve never been clever enough to be an atheist – an agnostic, yes.” He died in 2005 at the age of 95.
Donald on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

Peter Egan

Peter Egan

Peter is an actor known primarily for his roles in television shows such as Big Breadwinner Hog, Prince Regent, Ever Decreasing Circles and Downton Abbey.
Peter is a longtime animal lover and vegan. Starting in 2010, he began to campaign publicly on behalf of animal rights. He works with animal advocacy organisations and sanctuaries in Asia, Bosnia and the UK. He describes himself as a “lapsed Roman Catholic” with a personal morality centred on compassion.
Peter on Wikipedia
@PeterEgan6

United Kingdom

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

Brian D. Earp

Brian D Earp

Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. His work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. He has written extensively on resisting religious justifications for causing harm – particularly to children through genital mutilation / circumcision. He seems to be ~vegan and have a naturalistic, non-religious worldview.
Brian on Academia.edu
@briandavidearp

USA / United Kingdom

Architects (band)

Architects

Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, East Sussex, formed in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle. The band now consists of Dan Searle on drums, Alex Dean on bass guitar, Sam Carter on vocals, and Adam Christianson and Josh Middleton on guitars. They have been signed to Epitaph Records since 2013. The band members are vegan and atheist.
Architects on Wikipedia
architectsofficial.com
@Architectsuk

United Kingdom

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson headshot

Elizabeth is a philosopher. She is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Elizabeth’s research covers topics in social philosophy, political philosophy and ethics, including: democratic theory, equality in political philosophy and American law, racial integration, the ethical limits of markets, theories of value and rational choice, the philosophies of John Stuart Mill and John Dewey, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science.

Elizabeth was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and has received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship to support her work. Anderson was named a Progress Medal Laureate in February 2018 by the Society for Progress for her book “Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It)”. In 2019, she received a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Fellows Program. Elizabeth was also listed in the 2020 Prospect list of the top 50 thinkers for the COVID-19 era. Elizabeth’s book “The Imperative of Integration” won the American Philosophical Association’s 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award. She also wrote the book “Value in Ethics and Economics”.

Elizabeth has a naturalistic worldview and grants moral consideration to “beings capable experiencing joy or suffering” per her recent appearance on Sean Carroll’s MindScape podcast and her chapter, “Animal Rights and the Values of NonHuman Life” in Nussbaum and Sunstein’s 2004 book “Animal Rights – Current Debates and New Directions“. She starts the chapter with “I believe that animals have intrinsic value”.

Elizabeth on Wikipedia
Elizabeth at UMichigan

USA

Yves Bonnardel

Yves Bonnardel

Yves is a philosopher, essayist and editor. He is a libertarian, an egalitarian and an antispeciesist activist. He is one of the founding members of the French-language journal Cahiers antispécistes (“Antispeciesist Notebooks”) and of the events Veggie Pride, Les Estivales de la question animale (“The Summers of the Animal Question”) and the march to close all slaughterhouses.
Yves is an atheist who is critical of humanism, describing it as a form of elitism. He is a hedonistic utilitarian, who advocates placing sentient individuals at the center of moral concern because they have desires, perceptions, emotions and a will of their own. Yves was influenced by Peter Singer‘s Animal Liberation and is a supporter of Singer’s conception of speciesism, seeing it as instrumental in deconstructing anthropocentric morality.
Essay by Yves on Speciesism, Humanism and Sentientism
Documentary Interview with Yves (en Francais)
Yves on Wikipedia
yves-bonnardel.info
@yvbonn

France

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Natalie is an actress, filmmaker and activist. She is vegan. She has said “Three times a day I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings.” Her views on naturalism are unclear. While culturally Jewish, when asked about the afterlife she has said “I don’t believe in that. I believe this is it, and I believe it’s the best way to live.”
Natalie on Wikipedia

Israel and USA

Thandiwe Newton

Thandie Newton

Thandiwe is an English actor. She is vegan and an atheist.
Thandiwe on Wikipedia
@thandiwenewton

United Kingdom

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.
@gm_skeptic
Genetically Modified Skeptic YouTube
GMSkeptic on Facebook

USA

Brigid Brophy

Brigid Brophy

Brigid was a novelist, critic, and campaigner for social reforms, including the rights of authors and animal rights. Her 1965 Sunday Times article is credited by psychologist Richard D. Ryder (another Sentientist) with having triggered the formation of the animal rights movement in England. Brigid was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto and was president of the National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Brigid wrote that she and her father were “natural, logical and happy atheists”. She said: “Reason can always disarm the irrational. If reason finds itself to be irrational, it can disarm it; and if one finds reason and discovers that eating animals is immoral, unnecessary, and done largely for superstitious reasons, then one is delivered from the compulsion to do it.”

Brigid on Wikipedia
brigidbrophy.com

United Kingdom

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
dianaverse.com
@sentientist (I told you she’s a Sentientist)

Brazil / UK / USA

Jay Shapiro

Jay Shapiro

Jay is an award winning filmmaker, writer, and podcaster. He directed Islam and the Future of Tolerance, a film based around a conversation between Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz. He hosts the Dilemma podcast (some co-hosted with Coleman Hughes), including this Hangout on Sentientism. He has a naturalistic worldview and is vegan.
Jay on IMDB
whatjaythinks.com
@jay_shapiro@DilemmaPodcast

USA

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan is a novelist who teaches creative writing at New York University. He is known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Here I Am. His non-fiction books, Eating Animals and We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast describe his personal exploration of the ethical and environmental horrors of animal farming. Eating Animals was reviewed favourably by Sentientist Peter Singer. Eating Animals was adapted into a 2018 documentary film of the same name. It was co-narrated by Jonathan and Natalie Portman (also a Suspected Sentientist). Jonathan seems to have a naturalistic worldview, being described as Jewish agnostic.
Jonathan on Wikipedia

 

USA

Oscar Horta

Oscar Horta

Oscar is an animal activist and moral philosopher who is currently a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and is one of the co-founders of the organization Animal Ethics. Oscar is vegan and non-religious.
Oscar on Wikipedia
Oscar’s Blog

Spain

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”.

@webmasterdave
The Hedonistic Imperative (HedWeb)
David on Wikipedia

England

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!)
@JohnOberg
johnoberg.org
Patreon.com/JohnOberg

USA

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez is an Argentinian-Swedish musician. He is an atheist, a vegetarian/vegan and an effective altruist.
Jose on Wikipedia
@_JoseGonzalez_

Sweden

Soul Eubanks

Soul Eubanks

Christopher “Soul” Eubanks is a public speaker, author, musician, photographer and animal rights activist. He is vegan and has said he is no longer religious – although it’s not clear whether he has a more broadly naturalistic worldview.

@soul_eubanks
souleubanks.com

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
@MichaelDello
Michael Dello

Australia

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

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
@GrumpyVegan
kimstallwood.com

UK

ObjectivelyDan

Objectively Dan

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

United States

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.

@kristof_dhont
SHARKLab at Kent University

Belgium and the UK

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
@ZoeWeil
Institute for Humane Education

USA

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. He was an atheist and an early advocate for granting moral consideration and rights to non-human animals based on their sentience, not on capacity to reason.

He wrote in 1780: “The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been witholden from them but by the hand of tyranny… The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?'”

Bentham on Wikipedia

United Kingdom

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
marcbekoff.com
@MarcBekoff

 

Marc Bekoff
USA

Christopher Sebastian

Christopher Sebastian

Christopher is the director of social media for Peace Advocacy Network, he sits on the Advisory Council for Encompass, he is a senior fellow at Sentient Media, he is co-founder of VGN, and he lectures at Columbia University in the Department of Social Work for the graduate course POP: Power, Oppression, & Privilege. Using a multidisciplinary approach that includes media theory, political science, and social psychology, he focuses on how human relationships with other animals shape our attitudes about race, sexuality & class.

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

Christopher on Patreon
Christopher on Instagram
christophersebastian.info

USA

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
@LMKorimboccus
korimboccus.com

Scotland

Henry Stephens Salt

Henry Stephens Salt

Henry was a writer and campaigner for social reform in the fields of prisons, schools, economic institutions, and the treatment of non-human animals. He was a noted ethical vegetarian/vegan, anti-vivisectionist, socialist, and pacifist, and was well known as a literary critic, biographer, classical scholar and naturalist.  Salt is considered, by some, to be the “father of animal rights,” having been an early writer to argue explicitly in favour of the topic, in his “Animals’ Rights: Considered in Relation to Social Progress” (1892).

He wrote: “[The] notion of the life of an animal having ‘no moral purpose,’ belongs to a class of ideas which cannot possibly be accepted by the advanced humanitarian thought of the present day—it is a purely arbitrary assumption, at variance with our best instincts, at variance with our best science, and absolutely fatal (if the subject be clearly thought out) to any full realization of animals’ rights.”

Henry also wrote extensively on his rationalism and naturalism, saying: “Religion has never befriended the cause of humaneness. Its monstrous doctrine of eternal punishment and the torture of the damned underlies much of the barbarity with which man has treated man; and the deep division imagined by the Church between the human being, with his immortal soul, and the soulless “beasts”, has been responsible for an incalculable sum of cruelty.”

Henry on Wikipedia
henrysalt.co.uk
Thanks to @maddyogoodall for the suggestion.

Barbara J King

Barbara J King

Barbara is emerita professor of anthropology at William & Mary and a freelance science writer and public speaker. The author of seven books, including the new Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild, Barbara focuses on animal emotion and cognition, the ethics of our relationships with animals, and the evolutionary history of language, culture, and religion. Her book How Animals Grieve has been translated into 7 languages and her TED talk on animal love and grief has now received over 3 million views.

Barbara is vegan and, as an atheist, seems to have a naturalistic worldview.

@bjkingape
barbarajking.com

USA

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”.

@JVM
Jane Unchained

USA

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Greta is an environmental activist who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change. Her views on naturalism/supernaturalism aren’t clear, but she seems committed to a science-led approach. She is vegan.
Greta on Wikipedia
@GretaThunberg

Sweden

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

 

USA

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

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Billie is a singer-songwriter. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one Brit Award. She is the youngest person and the second in history to win the four main Grammy categories—Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year—in the same year.
Billie is a regular advocate on social media for animal rights and veganism. In 2019, she won a PETA “Best Voice for Animals” award for her activism.
While she was “super-religous” as a child, she says in this article “And then at one point, I don’t know what happened. It just completely went away.” She now seems to have an agnostic/atheistic worldview.
@billieeilish
Billie on Wikipedia
Billie on YouTube
billieeilish.com

USA

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime is a fictional character created by the Transformers franchise. He is a Cybertronian, a fictional extraterrestrial species of sentient self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms (e.g.: cars and other objects), a synergistic blend of biological evolution and technological engineering. In almost every version of the mythos, Optimus is the leader of the Autobots, a faction of Transformers who are rivals of the Decepticons, another faction. He is defined by his strong moral character. He seems to have a naturalistic worldview and has said “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings”.
Optimus on Wikipedia

Cybertron

Rebecca Goldstein

Rebecca is an atheist and secular humanist who grants moral consideration to all beings capable of suffering (sentient). See this Twitter conversation  and this podcast interview.

Rebecca on Wikipedia
@platobooktour

United States

Michael Woodruff

Michael Woodruff

Michael is an academic specialising in the philosophy of mind from a naturalistic perspective and in comparative consciousness. He is professor emeritus of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of Medicine. Michael has written on sentience as the foundation of animal rights and about the sentience of fish and invertebrates.
Michael’s research papers

USA

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

Jon is a comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host (e.g. The Daily Show). He is non-religious (Jewish heritage) and vegan. He and his wife, Tracey, run a sanctuary for non-human animals saved from slaughterhouses and live markets.
@jonstewart
Jon on Wikipedia

USA

Christine Korsgaard

Christine Korsgaard

Christine is a philosopher and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Her main scholarly interests are in moral philosophy and its history; the relation of issues in moral philosophy to issues in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the theory of personal identity; the theory of personal relationships; and in normativity in general. She has a naturalistic worldview and is vegan. Christine wrote Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to Other Animals which argues that Kantian ethics supports animal rights. She has said: “it is right to think that the real source of all value in the world lies in people and animals.
Christine at Harvard
Christine on Wikipedia

USA

Jann Arden

Jann Arden

Jann is a singer-songwriter, actress and author. She is vegan, campaigns against animal cruelty and seems to have a naturalistic, non-religious worldview.
Jann on Wikipedia
jannarden.com
@jannarden

Canada

Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

Ziya is a television presenter, producer, author and board member. She was the co-host of Discovery Channel’s long-running primetime science magazine, Daily Planet. In 2019 she wrote the book “The Reality Bubble“. Ziya serves on the boards of a range of NGOs and charities, including PEN Canada, We Animals Media and WWF International.
She seems to be vegan and to have a naturalistic worldview.
@ziyatong
Ziya on Wikipedia
ziyatong.com

Canada / Hong Kong / UK

Yasmine Mohammed

Yasmine Mohammed headshot

Yasmine is a rights activist, advocating primarily for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries. Yasmine founded the charity Free Hearts Free Minds which provides mental health support to freethinkers in Islamic majority countries. Her book, Unveiled, recalls her experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic household, her arranged marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda, her escape and how she built a new life.

She is veg*an and has a naturalistic worldview.

You can find Yasmine’s Sentientist Conversation with me here.

@YasMohammedxx
yasminemohammed.com

Canada

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

James Rachels

James Rachels

James was a philosopher who specialized in ethics and animal rights. His best-known work is The Elements of Moral Philosophy. James wrote a number of papers defending moral veg*anism. His best known paper on the subject was The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism which argued that it is wrong to cause pain unless there is a good enough reason and that wishing to consume animal products does not come close to justifying the cruelty of animal farming. James argued that the primary reason why cruelty to animals is wrong is because tortured animals suffer, just as tortured humans suffer. James was an atheist and had a naturalistic worldview.
jamesrachels.org
James on Wikipedia

 

USA

James Cameron

James Cameron

James Cameron is a filmmaker and environmentalist. He is vegan and an atheist.
James on Wikipedia
@JimCameron

Canada

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Angela is a political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is vegan and non-religious.
Angela on Wikipedia

USA

Tom Morello

Tom Morello

Tom is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and political activist (including advocacy for non-human animal rights). He is best known for his tenure with the rock band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave. Tom is either vegan or vegetarian and seems to be non-religious.
Tom on Wikipedia
@tmorello

USA

Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval is a public intellectual, a historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is vegan and an atheist (secular Jewish).
He has said: “Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history” and called “[t]he fate of industrially farmed animals […] one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time.”
Yuval on Wikipedia
ynharari.com
@harari_yuval

Israel

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

2 Comments

  1. Jeremy Corbyn has been suggested as a Sentientist. Jeremy is vegetarian and says he is sceptical about having God in his life. However, has denied being an atheist and has compared his environmental concerns to a sort of “spiritualism”. I suspect this means he doesn’t have a naturalistic worldview so I’ve left him off the list for the moment. Any more input welcome. Thank you for the nomination (I can’t thank you personally as I can’t see who nominates)!

  2. I’m so glad that Carrie Poppy responded to your tweet about being added to the wall – The podcast she co-hosts is a great example of how to interact with people who have supernatural or other beliefs while being compassionate towards them, even if you don’t agree.

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