Stress and Zoonotic Diseases
Why do public health officials tell us to socially distance (and rightly so), but fail to mention the animals crowded into factory farms–a major risk for the next pandemic? Join public health expert Dr. Aysha Akhtar, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells, and Staff Attorney Kelsey Eberly for a round table discussion about the impacts of stress and confinement of animals on disease transmission—and conditions where they are most likely to jump to humans.
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A coalition, led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed an emergency petition with the USDA to prevent COVID-19 relief funds, resources, and any other forms of support from facilitating or compensating for the costs of ventilation shutdown or water-based foam “depopulation” — the mass killing of animals on factory farms.August 25, 2020 Press Release
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the preeminent legal advocate for animals, released the first in a series of white papers providing policy recommendations to reduce our heightened risk from zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 and the next global pandemic, which need only a human-animal interaction to arise.June 30, 2020 Press Release
As the pandemic leads to reduced capacity at slaughterhouses, prolonged use of drug increases risk of harm.June 4, 2020 Press Release