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Comment author: avacyn 12 December 2017 06:27:00PM 8 points [-]

I think it’s valuable to research how we can improve the well-being of humans who suffer – perhaps even to the point of having net negative lives, but not necessarily

I agree with this. Just to expand a bit - wild elephants might generally have net positive lives, but there still might be worthwhile interventions, e.g. to ensures some number that would have been killed by predators instead die in their sleep. The most relevant question is not whether wild animals have net positive lives, but how much their welfare could be improved per dollar.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 12 December 2017 09:01:44PM 1 point [-]

That's a great way of putting it. Thanks for the clarity!