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Welcome to the Phoenix Zones Initiative Resource Center, which includes a collection of materials that address how we can better understand and treat one another, animals, and the planet. Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions.

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Building Better Roadways for People, Animals, and the Planet

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Having the freedom to move toward resources and away from threats is critical to the health and wellbeing of all life on the planet, and it is foundational to the rights of self-determination for people and animals.

As infrastructure development continues in communities across the globe, it is critical that all decisions consider the rights, health, and wellbeing of vulnerable people and animals. Evidence-based animal crossings are one essential solution.

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Advancing Medical Research Through Ethics and Innovation

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Historically, attempts to advance medical research have depended heavily on violating the rights of vulnerable people and animals.

Fortunately, moral and scientific advancements, and public demand, have resulted in a serious reevaluation of how research is conducted. And while the strides made to protect humans have been significant, the use of animals in research is still ethically problematic and based on the assumption that animal research is necessary and that human interests outweigh those of animals.

This paper looks at progress in improved ethical standards and the advancement of ethically-grounded, principled guidelines that can adequately address the ethical inconsistencies and inadequacies of research with animals.

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We Need to End Animal Trafficking

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Trafficking is one of the cruelest ways to limit basic freedoms and to foster abuse and exploitation. However, animal trafficking is common worldwide.

Trafficking live animals is closely tied to the emergence of novel pathogens such as COVID-19, and animal trafficking is an important aspect of the global exploitation of animals for food, fiber, and research. Learn more about animal trafficking and about policy changes that can help end it.

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Society of Asylum Medicine

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The Society of Asylum Medicine (SAM) provides resources for and promotes community and interaction among professionals who work with individuals seeking asylum. 

Asylum medicine is a field of healthcare professionals who conduct medical and mental health forensic evaluations of asylum seekers.

SAM’s goal is to promote community, scholarship, and advocacy among those involved in asylum medicine.

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How to Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Conflict, violence, persecution, and environmental degradation have driven up internal and external displacement all around the world. More than 80 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide.

In this short presentation by Phoenix Zones Initiative CEO Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, find out why people are forced to migrate from their homes, the many challenges they face, and ways that healthcare workers and other professionals can help refugees and asylum seekers.

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Toward a More Just and Sovereign Food System

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Vegan biocyclic and vegan stock-free organic agriculture demonstrate that food that is healthy for humans can be grown in harmony with the earth and with free-living animals, without using inputs from domesticated animals. Read about organizations and individuals engaged in developing, teaching, and promoting growing practices that replenish the soil while respecting the rights and sovereignty of each other, nonhumans, and ecosystems.

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