Over 60 Animal Protection and Environmental Organizations Call for Animal Welfare to be Addressed in COVID-19 Recovery Policies and Financing


The concept of One Welfare, which extends the concept of One Health to cover interlinkages beyond health between animals, environment and humans, must be incorporated into COVID-19 recovery policies and financing to ensure a resilient, sustainable and humane future.

Animal protection and environmental NGOs from across the world–Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Americas and Europe–are coming together on World Animal Day, celebrated on 4th October, to call on global leaders to address the wellbeing of animals in COVID-19 recovery and financing efforts. 

The fact that the COVID-19 crisis very likely arose from the exploitation of animals has drawn greater attention to how human uses of animals can increase the risk of future pandemics. In July, a report released by the UN Environment Program and the International Livestock Research Institute identified the increase in consumption of animal products, intensification of animal production systems, and wildlife exploitation as primary drivers of pandemic risk. 

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It is therefore imperative that to reduce the future risk of pandemics global leaders take concrete steps to incorporate One Health and One Welfare into policies. One Health is a concept which recognizes the linkages between human, animal and environmental health, while One Welfare extends this concept to other aspects of wellbeing, such as food security and livelihoods. Incorporating a One Welfare approach is key to eliminating policy silos, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring an equitable, sustainable and humane future.

Despite this, millions in development funding continue to be funneled into farming systems that increase the risk of future pandemics, even as calls to “build back better” grow.

Through a new “manifesto,” the NGOs below outline key policies and actions required to transform farming systems, shift food consumption habits, end the unnecessary exploitation of wildlife, increase vaccine development efficiencies, and ensure the wellbeing of animals in communities, such as companion animals and working equines. The manifesto also provides recommendations specifically to leading institutions on the international stage, such as the UN General Assembly and international financial institutions. The document will be shared with policymakers throughout the month of October, in recognition of World Animal Day on October 4th. 

About the Signatories: 

The following NGOs are supporting the call for animal welfare to be considered in recovery policies and financing: 

  1. 50by40
  2. ACTAsia
  3. Alliance for Earth, Life, Liberty & Advocacy
  4. Ananta Jyoti Dhayn Kendra
  5. Andhra Pradesh Goshala Federation
  6. Animal Rights Center Japan
  7. Animals’ Angels
  8. Animals Asia Foundation
  9. Animals Australia
  10. Animal People
  11. ARCA Brasil
  12. Asia for Animals
  13. Big Cat Rescue
  14. Born Free Foundation
  15. Brighter Green
  16. CATCA Environmental and Wildlife Society
  17. Catholic Concern for Animals
  18. Change for Animals Foundation
  19. Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organizations 
  20. Compassion in World Farming
  21. Cruelty Free International
  22. Dierencoalitie 
  23. EAST
  24. Elephanatics
  25. Eyes on Animals
  26. Eurogroup for Animals
  27. Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
  28. Forgotten Animals
  29. FOUR PAWS International
  30. Fraternité pour le respect animal
  31. Friends of the Orangutans Malaysia
  32. Global Animal Law
  33. GREY2K USA Worldwide
  34. Help Animals India
  35. Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust
  36. In Defence of Animals, India
  37. International Aid for Animals Foundation
  38. InterNICHE (International Network for Humane Education)
  39. INUCOBO Animap Protection Association
  40. Japan Anti-Vivisection Association
  41. Lady Freethinker
  42. Landmark Foundation
  43. Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection
  44. Melbourn Dolphin
  45. NSPCA South Africa
  46. One World Actors Animal Rescues
  47. Reacción Climática
  48. Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
  49. People for Animals, Odisha
  50. PETA Asia 亚洲善待动物组织
  51. Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS Asia)
  52. ProVeg International
  53. Pro Wildlife
  54. RAPAD Maroc 
  55. Sanctuary for Health & Reconnection to Animals & Nature
  56. Sea First Foundation
  57. SEY Animal Welfare Finland
  58. Sinergia Animal
  59. S.P.A.R.E. 
  60. Society for Travelers Respecting Animal Welfare
  61. Soi Dog Foundation
  62. Sophia Society for the protection of animals
  63. Stripes and Green Earth Foundation
  64. Unexpected Wildlife Refuge
  65. Wild Welfare
  66. Wildlife Alliance
  67. WTG 
  68. World Animal Net
  69. World Animal Protection 

Featured image: chickens being unloaded from trucks before being slaughtered. Experts have warned that intensive animal agriculture is one of the primary drivers of pandemic risk. Image credit Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals.

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