COMPASS (Lobbying and Compassion. Interest groups, discourse and nonhuman animals in Spain) aims to examine how compassion is prevented from flourishing and developing in modern society because of the activity of a major public relations actor and public affairs: interest groups. To do this we address one of the most growing moral concerns today: our relationship with non-human animals. Our main goal is to examine the extent to which interest groups in Spain promote narratives that may affect our compassion for other animals, that is, our understanding of the harm that other animals experience and our willingness to relieve them.
This research is related to the SDGs basically in the fact that it aims to identify violence, oppression, and exploitation of other animals as a barrier to the achievement of more peaceful and just human societies in general. Thus, it pretends to illuminate the contradiction between the public opinion’s positive attitudes toward animals and a number of human behaviours that consistently harm them. In doing so we will increase our understanding of the role of interest groups and strategic communication in current societies.