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Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus

Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus

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 outbreaks around the world could also offer a chance to dramatically shift how we treat the most vulnerable people and animals in society. (more…)
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Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative

Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative

In November, we had the tremendous privilege of hosting a summit that brought together people from various disciplines and backgrounds to consider a key question: With the urgency and sustainability required, how can we better work together to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing with the urgency and sustainability required? The answers that emerged in response to our broad and ambitious question were inspiring. We witnessed what can happen when a group of doctors, ethicists, scientists, lawyers, artists, designers, educators, policy experts, philanthropic and finance professionals, mathematicians, theologians, and storytellers gather together—particularly when they are driven by a passion to improve the world. At the summit, we selected some key initiatives that we will work on together in the coming months and years. Our efforts will center on…
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Building Sanctuary for People and Animals

Building Sanctuary for People and Animals

By Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH As a physician, I have spent years traveling the world to work with people and animals who have endured trauma—war, abuse, and displacement often driven by division and gaps in empathy. Over my career, I have also had the privilege of caring for patients and leading key research, educational, and policy initiatives. Many of these efforts have focused on the connection between the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals, as described in Phoenix Zones: Where Strength Is Born and Resilience Lives. Along the way, and as described in Phoenix Zones, I have had the honor of working in and visiting real and virtual sanctuaries where the injured can heal and thrive—from Congolese women thriving in a war zone to combat veterans and wolves recovering in…
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The Case for Human and Animal Rights

The Case for Human and Animal Rights

In a July 2019 article in the Washington Post, Yon Soo Park and Benjamin Valentino described findings from their study in which they explored both individual attitudes and state policies regarding human and animal rights. Park and Valentino noted that support for animal rights is expanding, often in conjunction with support for human rights. As they pointed out in their article, people who support an expansive view of human rights are often more likely to support animal rights: The abolition of slavery, decolonization, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights, disability rights, and the LGBTQ rights movements were not efforts to generate entirely new sets of rights. Rather, they sought to secure for previously marginalized and excluded groups the same rights that others were already enjoying. Animals may one day join that…
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