COVID-19: Rethinking our Relationship with Animals
With global outbreaks of zoonotic disease, like COVID-19, on the rise, it is imperative that we simultaneously mobilize to limit the staggering impact of the current pandemic and take action to mitigate our heightened risk from the next. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is developing a series of white papers, which outline policy strategies to reduce zoonotic disease transmission and risks. This webinar will provide an overview of the first white paper in the series — COVID-19 and Animals — which discusses the root causes of zoonotic diseases and the industries putting the public in the most danger. Specifically, we will discuss modern food production, including factory farming, which involves billions of high-risk interactions between humans and animals, as well as various other human-animal interactions due to the wildlife trade, habitat loss and human encroachment, and climate change.
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A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit brought in February 2020 by seven animal protection groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can move forward.June 29, 2021 Press Release
Chelsea Handler, Ethan Hawke, Bill Maher, and Dozens of Celebrities Urge New Jersey Legislators to Ban Gestation and Veal CratesActors Paul Wesley, Christina Ricci, Stevie Van Zandt and dozens of native and resident celebrities join the Animal Legal Defense Fund in an open letter urging the state’s legislators to end the intensive confinement of mother pigs and calves in New Jersey.May 10, 2021 Press Release
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and its co-plaintiffs, denying an attempt by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dismiss a lawsuit against the agency.February 23, 2021 Press Release