Introduced by Dr. Jane Goodall, and supported by approx. 200 international NGOs the Animals Manifesto is designed to create a more sustainable, equitable and humane world. It is an appeal for us to address our disrespect of animals and the natural world that facilitated the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so will not only prevent future worldwide zoonotic catastrophes, it will also create a more humane world for all.
The Manifesto calls for reducing our unsustainable lifestyles by moving away from industrialized animal farming toward plant-based diets, working toward alleviating the poverty that pushes habitat destruction and wildlife trafficking, supporting environmental education, increasing vaccine efficiencies, ensuring animal wellbeing and, overall, developing a new relationship with the natural world.