Albert Schweitzer’s fundamental maxim – Reverence for Life – is also the guiding philosophy behind the work of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries.
Our commitment to this maxim means that we must focus on the single greatest source of pain and death for animals: the use of animals and animal products as food. In many developed and affluent societies such as Germany, a healthy diet does not require the death and suffering of animals for the production of food, which is why we promote the vegan diet as currently the most ethical solution. Spreading veganism is a lengthy process most realistically reached and sustained through interim steps, including the reduction of meat consumption and the promotion of the vegetarian diet. Since the use of animals as a food source is not likely to end in the near future, we strive to reduce the levels of cruelty in the breeding, keeping and killing of animals.
To maximize the impact of our work, we develop high-leverage campaigns on the basis of scientific findings and data. Our campaigns cover diverse areas ranging from food economics and consumer information to law and politics. In all these areas, we take viable steps towards a more respectful treatment of animals and make it easier for our alleged opponents to leave behind their old patterns of behavior. Since it is impossible for one single foundation to achieve these goals by itself, we cooperate with organisations that pursue compatible goals.
We are a heterogeneous team that allows our members’ diverse backgrounds to enrich one another and to develop their full potential. Our work is made possible by donations, which we consider as investments by people eager to create the greatest possible change in our treatment of farmed animals. This is why we strive for maximum effectiveness and work efficiency. Our goal is to contribute to a more respectful treatment of animals and, ultimately, all life.