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Our Mission


Phoenix Zones Initiative is a nonprofit organization on a mission to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing. We focus on robust structural change—advancing ethical norms, values, legal and economic frameworks, and policy priorities to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people and animals. Led by physicians and a diverse cross-sectoral team, Phoenix Zones Initiative recognizes the inextricable links between the welfare of people, animals, and our life-sustaining planet. Learn more about our mission and approach.

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What Are Phoenix Zones?

The phoenix hope can wing her flight Thro' the vast deserts of the skies, And still defying fortune's spite, Revive, and from her ashes rise."
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
You cannot cheat with the law of the conservation of violence: All violence is paid for..."
Pierre Bourdieu
Pierre Bourdieu
We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer
Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus
Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus
March 24, 2020
We understand that many people are fearful and anxious about the coronavirus pandemic. Seen through a different lens, though, understanding the roots of the pandemic and the range of responses to it could also offer a chance to dramatically shift how we treat the most vulnerable people and animals in society.
Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative
Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative
December 16, 2019
In November, we had the privilege of hosting a summit that brought together people from diverse backgrounds to answer a key question: "With the urgency and sustainability required, how can we better work together to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing?" Answers inspired and fuel our next steps.
The Case for Human and Animal Rights
The Case for Human and Animal Rights
August 23, 2019
To some, it may seem less important—given current assaults on human rights—to argue that we need to advance animal rights. But this reaction fails to see a fundamental connection: the way we treat any living being affects how we treat another. At a time when fundamental rights are under attack, we cannot yield to fear.

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