Why Pandemics Happen: COVID-19 2020
Two-thirds of human infectious diseases are shared with animals and the majority of these are from wild species. This is especially relevant given increasing pressures on our environment that are changing human contact with wildlife, resulting in the growing threat of disease emergence to our global and local public health and economies. Leading drivers of disease emergence in humans from wildlife include anthropogenic pressures such as land use change, food production systems, and trade and travel. These complex drivers require broad and novel approaches to predicting and preventing disease emergence and pandemics. Join Stephen Wells, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director, and Dr. Billy Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance Executive Vice President for Health and Policy, for a conversation on this timely topic.
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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