Around the globe, 2020 stretched us all to our limits and we have now reached a pivotal point in society. Yet these hard times have now given us a vital opportunity to change how we live and change the way animals are treated around the world.
Billions of animals are subjected to horrific treatment, cramped conditions, poor hygiene, stress, injuries and disease, minimal veterinary care, and lack of genetic diversity as a result of human industries. The appalling conditions make them a ticking time bomb for pandemic disease risk. Already multiple fur farms have reported COVID-19 outbreaks. It is time to demand change!
Resetting our system for a better tomorrow
The world needs a reset of our relationship with animals. We must treat our planet and all its inhabitants with more respect, care and compassion – for their sake and ours. We cannot do this alone.
The political response to prevent future pandemics must focus on changing our animal industries and making our food and agricultural systems more resilient and banning high-risk practices, starting with the commercial wildlife trade, the dog and cat meat trade, and fur farming.