The crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 virus both exacerbated and illuminated animal abuses within industrialized animal agriculture. In addition to the inhumane conditions under which animals become meat through factory farming, the connections between factory farming processes, zoonotic disease emergence and spread, and pandemics are clear. Yet the effective ongoing lobbying by agricultural industry groups and subsequent inaction by governments continue to thwart productive movement forward. Now one UK nonprofit organization is funding legal proceedings against the government, attempting to ensure factory farming’s impacts on the climate crisis and future pandemics are addressed.

This month’s “Animals and COVID-19” section of the Human-Animal Studies Report highlights the connections between industrialized animal agriculture, pandemics, and climate change. Read more….

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