What is AnimalWise?
One of the few organisations focusing exclusively on bridging the gap between academic research and on-the-ground support and action to improve animal well-being.
A “think and do tank” dedicated to moving beyond debate and theoretical discourse into real-world animal advocacy applications.
What does AnimalWise do?
Improving animal well-being by connecting it with science in order to transform human attitudes and behavior towards animals.
Promoting the inclusion of animal well-being and advocay in mainstream academic, political and cultural circles.
Cultivating a new generation of scientivists for animals.
What are scientivists?
Scientivists are people that are engaged in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge (the ‘science part’), to promote, impede, or direct societal change (the ‘activist part’). Scientivism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, to economic activism, such as boycotts, sit-ins etc. Scientivists are not afraid of interfering with legitimized procedures and official politics when science shows this would be needed. On the other hand, scientivists must be aware that their actions may increase the risk of scientific results inappropriately being used into social discourses and in the media. This might lead to situations where, for instance, researchers find themselves unwittingly “supporting” an application of the generated knowledge they might strongly disagree with. It is, therefore, not a ‘job’ (as for most of us ‘being a scientist’ is), but rather an ‘attitude’. An attitude that may be urgently to move forward to a more sustainable society.