World’s most influential living philosopher and a professor of bioethics Peter Singer is supporting the petition NOVID-50 that aims to collect 1 million signatures in 24 hours to prevent the next animal-borne pandemic by exiting the industrial animal farming.
The petition NOVID-50 is calling on the United Nations to create an exit strategy from industrial animal farms, wet markets with animals, and wildlife trade. NOVID-50 started with a voluntary team of 20 people hacking the COVID-19 crisis at the Global Hack - an online event where teams across the world come up with working solutions for the problem in 48 hours.
“NOVID-50 tackles the root cause of pandemics caused by animal-borne diseases: intensive animal use. This has created environments where viruses like COVID-19, but also swine flu, bird flu, and others can spread from animals to humans. We are living in a worldwide crisis. Now is the time to change things,” said Merit Valdsalu, the initiator of NOVID-50.
NOVID-50 team consists of volunteers from Estonia, Scotland, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and Russia.