Today, Wild Animal Initiative released the research agenda that will shape our work over the next 12 to 18 months. The full research agenda can be found here. But, we also wanted to take some time to outline our approach to designing the agenda and prioritizing projects.
In our commitment to fulfill our mission for wild animals, we must also commit ourselves to honoring and upholding the inherent and tremendous value of all humans that we work alongside.
Previously, we proposed a research project investigating the feasibility of a humane insecticides program. Near-term interventions to improve the welfare of wild insects are a priority because invertebrate welfare, like wild animal welfare in general, is a neglected cause area, and the enormous number of insects together with the likelihood that their welfare is poor means that the potential impact of such interventions is high. We are going to be posting regular updates on the progress of this project.
Today, we are pleased to announce that Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR) and Utility Farm (UF) are merging together to form a new organization focused solely on wild animal welfare — Wild Animal Initiative.