End Poverty In All Its Forms Everywhere

End Poverty


“As of 2015, about 736 million people still lived on less than US$1.90 a day; many lack food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to be poor than men because they have less paid work, education, and own less property”.

“Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty”.

(Sustainable development goals: United Nations Development Programme: Goal 1: No Poverty)


Unethical Working Conditions: Industrial animal agriculture contributes to low wages, through indentured contracts, slave labour, child labour, and human trafficking (1).

Marginalized Communities – Cognitive Dissonance: Industrialized animal farming and meat processing plants are often located in poor communities (2). Workers at these facilities are at risk for developing a form of cognitive dissonance that may lead to criminal acts, violent behaviours, and substance abuse (3). These developments aggravate the circumstances of the poverty-stricken and make it harder to get out of poverty (4).

AG Contributes to Cycles of Poverty: There are increasing conflicts with animal agriculture industries taking away land and forest resources (5). Indigenous peoples and locals trying to escape poverty, are particularly affected by this (6). Animal agriculture is leading to “job insecurity, low wages, greater poverty, and contributes to rural abandonment” (7). The UN noting: “intensive agricultural systems are associated with negative effects on employment, wealth distribution, ancillary economic activity in rural areas [and] service provision in rural areas (such as schools and health facilities)” (9).

Wildlife Crime and Blood Sport in Impoverished Communities: Illegal wildlife trade flourishes in impoverished countries, where benefits go to criminal organizations while detriments are suffered by local inhabitants (10). Trophy hunting’s long history of misappropriated funding has contributed [heavily] to opportunity loss within native communities (11).

Download the document below to read the full list of the latest citations of evidence as to how animal exploitation undermines the progress of SDG Goal 1: No Poverty


Further Reading:

Goal 1 : Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (United Nations website)

“Factory Farm Workers” – Food Empowerment Project –

“Animal Agriculture: Negatively Impacting the World Around Us” – By Grant Lingel, May 19, 2019 –

“Ukraine agreed to a Monsanto land grab to get a 17 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund” – March 15, 2015 –

“1% of farms operate 70% of world’s farmland” – Researchers warn land inequality is rising with farmland increasingly dominated by a few major companies, November 24, 2020 –

“Perpetrator- Induced Psychological Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing” – by Rachel Macnair –

“The Slaughterhouse, Social Disorganization, and Violent Crime in Rural Communities” – Journals, article.p594 –