A Longtermist Approach to Animal Advocacy

April 27, 2022Lu Shegay

On April 20th, the Institute of Animal Law of Asia successfully held the webinar with Oscar Horta, the Founder of Animal Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela! This webinar is the public event under the project "Amplifying the Interests of Animals in Kazakhstan," the project of our Managing Director within the Global Ambassador Program.

There is a very high probability that nonhuman animals will continue to exist for a very long time. Accordingly, the impact we can have by acting in ways that reduce the chances that the future is negative for all sentient beings may be very important. This is so, in particular, because there are risks that in the future the situation of animals becomes even worse than in the present: both animal exploitation and wild animal suffering can be expanded, and new forms of harming nonhuman sentient beings may appear. This means that we should take very seriously the task of researching and implementing a longtermist strategic approach.

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Oscar Horta is a Spanish 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 one of the co-founders of the organization Animal Ethics. He is known for his work in animal ethics, especially around the problem of wild animal suffering. He has also worked on the concept of speciesism and on the clarification of the arguments for the moral consideration of nonhuman animals.

Oscar Horta completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy at USC in 1999, going on to complete a doctorate in philosophy at the same institution in 2007. In 2008, he won the Ferrater Mora Prize from the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, for his essay on the ethics of Spanish philosopher José Ferrater Mora.

Besides co-founding Animal Ethics, Oscar Horta co-founded Rights for Animals and Liberación Animal.

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