Global leaders must recognize that protecting animals and the environment is key to preventing pandemics.
Understanding the connection between people, animals, and our planet is key if we are to prevent another global health crisis.
In September 2023, governments from around the world gathered in New York City to discuss pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPPR) at the United Nations. Our future and well-being are defined by how we treat animals and our planet, and it is essential that global powers consider this as they debate global health issues and the best ways to prevent, prepare, and respond to potential future pandemics.
World Animal Protection has been registered as an NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the UN), which opened the doors for us to attend this crucial meeting. Our approval to attend serves as evidence of our World Animal Protection’s profound commitment to improving animals’ lives, and our dedication to advocating for their interests in forums where significant developments concerning animal protection may transpire.
However, there is still more progress needed as part of these discussions, and we must learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. Animal protection should be specifically recognized as one of the drivers of past, present, and future zoonotic diseases and pandemics, and countries must take action to address key pandemic drivers at the human-animal-environment interface, such as wildlife trade and factory farming.