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FAQs

Organization

Who is Expertise for Animals?

The non-profit Limited Liability Company Expertise for Animals consists of three founders, Eva Seifert, Marietheres Reinke and Sophie-Madlin Langner. We work together as equals and make decisions according to the consensus principle. We share responsibility for the success of the organization.

The focus is on a grassroots democratic organization and coordination of the company, and we do not want to build rigid, but competence- and project-based hierarchies.

What does Expertise for Animals do?

We advise actors and organizations within animal movements (including animal welfare and animal rights organizations). We work on topics related to nonhuman animals that are affected by direct and indirect actions of humans. We prepare reports and analysis`, promote (interdisciplinary) networking and organize events on relevant topics. As a non-profit organization, we also provide self-initiated knowledge and information services on our website.

What is the special approach of Expertise for Animals?

Expertise for Animals is one of the first organizations in the young field of consulting on animal-related topics. Instead of carrying out our own campaigns and petitions, we provide other organizations and actors with scientific knowledge on animal welfare. Scientific knowledge plays a central role in debates on nonhuman animals.

Our clients benefit from our professional support. Through the knowledge provided, they can work more informed and effective. The seriousness and validity of the campaigns, petitions, lobbying and educational work as well as their activities in animal law  increase through thoroughly researched and prepared information.

How can I apply to Expertise for Animals?

There are currently no jobs available at Expertise for Animals.

Why is Expertise for Animals a non-profit Limited Liability Company?

We have dealt intensively with the question of which organizational form suits us and our activities best. In the end, we decided in favor of  the non-profit Limited Liability Company (gGmbH), as this legal form combines non-profit status with gainful employment.

Work

How does Expertise for Animals work?

We place great emphasis on high-quality knowledge management and develop professional knowledge through thorough research, literature work and analyses. In addition, expert interviews can contribute to our know-how. We want to integrate quality management and evaluation into our work.

How can I hire Expertise for Animals?

Please contact us here or send us an email to: info@expertiseforanimals.com

Why does Expertise for Animals work mainly on nonhuman animals and not on other important forms of discrimination?

Because of the overlaps (intersectionality and multidimensionality of different topics), we constantly come into contact with different forms of discrimination, both in our work and in our own lives. We perceive this and want to take it into account in the best possible way. Our approach and focus is on nonhuman animals, as we have built up the greatest professional knowledge in this area through our training and work experience.

Values

What values does Expertise for Animals represent?

Our values are the foundation of our organization, working method and -culture. We have formulated seven core values:

● We take an anti-speciesist position. We see our work as part of movements that reject all forms of oppression of humans and nonhuman animals and strive for a free and fair society for all.

● Our aim is to understand the perspectives of nonhuman animals in the best possible way in order to represent them in their interests.

● We work critically, knowledge- and source-based.

● We constantly educate ourselves and expand our skills and knowledge. This means that we are always at the cutting edge of science.

● We see networking and exchange with others, also interdisciplinary, as an enrichment and essential part of our work, so that we strive for mutual support and joint projects.

● We pay attention to an inclusive, non-discriminatory and barrier-free organisation and communication.

● We strive to reflect, accept criticism and practice self-criticism, especially in places where we produce and reproduce discriminatory structures in our work.

Who does Expertise for Animals work with?

We want to support various actors in their work with our expertise. In the animal movements there are many different views and debates, some of which have been conducted for decades, about the best way and the intended goal. We support all actors, even if they have chosen a different path, as long as this is not at the expense of humans and non-human animals. We exclude working with actors and organizations that show or represent racist, sexist, anti-trans, speciesist and other discriminatory behavior or ideas.

How does Expertise for Animals photos of non-human animals on their website?

Photos of non-human animals are a powerful tool to educate about their living conditions and to represent their interests. Pictures that document mistreatment and problems play a special role. The photos bridge the distance between humans and the affected non-human animals. At the same time, the use of such photographs exists in a field of tension.

On the one hand, the images provide insights into the lives and experiences of oppressed beings. They carry their voice and story into the public. If the images and accompanying texts are placed in the context of criticizing exploitation and existing conditions, the use can be in the sense of those affected.

On the other hand, the use of the images is linked to questions relevant to animal ethics. Non-human animals can not consent to the recordings and their further use. Do photographs showing suffering, injured, sick, and dying nonhuman animals affect their integrity, dignity, autonomy, privacy, and rights? Do the images sensationalize and stereotype animal suffering and their vulnerability? Does the depiction of suffering mask their individual personhood? Do the images reinforce the problem that nonhuman animals are denied control over their own lives?

We open ourselves to this debate and reflect and discuss the use of such images. As a first step, we address the tension in the context of this text. In a further step, we decided not to post images showing suffering, injured, sick and dying non-human animals directly visible on our website. It requires a conscious agreement by the readers to display the sensitive images. We are developing further approaches on how to deal with the topic and are grateful for hints and exchange.

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