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CARPE DIEM: A chance to change our harmful habits of eating and abusing animals

INGRID NEWKIRK & GENE STONE: The live-animal markets in China, widely thought to be the source of the novel coronavirus, closed temporarily but are now reopening and, like those in the rest of Asia and even Europe and the U.S., are cause for alarm because they are breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases that can have fatal consequences for our own species. On the good-news front, if you care about animals, those subjected to the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo were granted a reprieve when it was canceled; horses got a break when racetracks closed (coincidentally just after a…

MEAT OF THE MATTER: The meat we eat is also a pandemic risk

SIGAL SAMUEL: Some experts have hypothesized that the novel coronavirus made the jump from animals to humans in China’s wet markets, just like SARS before it. Unsurprisingly, many people are furious that the markets, which were closed in the immediate wake of the outbreak in China, are already reopening. It’s easy to point the finger at these “foreign” places and blame them for generating pandemics. But doing that ignores one crucial fact: The way people eat all around the world — including in the US — is a major risk factor for pandemics, too. That’s because we eat a ton of meat, and the…

New Anti-Slaughter Ad Campaign Blitz Urging a Move Away From Meat Amid Pandemic

PETA: What do top U.S. papers The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, the Washington Examiner, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today have in common? They’re all printing urgent, full-page warnings from PETA about the dangers of slaughterhouses... U.S. farms and slaughterhouses are as filthy as China’s “wet markets,” where it’s believed the COVID-19 pandemic began. Their floors are splattered with blood, urine, feces, and entrails. As long as slaughterhouses remain open, millions of animals will…

THE COST OF A PANDEMIC: Bailing out exploitative and cruel animal-based food industries

ANIMAL JUSTICE PROJECT: The coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the world is deadly to both human and non-human lives. With the toll of human victims increasing, the numbers of animals at the mercy of this disease is rapidly growing too. Supply and demand chains have been hugely affected. Millions of animals around the world are being buried alive and slaughtered on farm. They are treated as though they are objects we can simply throw away. Each individual, a sentient and feeling animal who wants to live and thrive, discarded. Whether they are fish from British fish farms or pigs and…

Pandemics, Liberation, and Animal Ag: An Interview With Peter Singer

MIKKO JARVENPAA: What are our duties towards others, especially those who are less fortunate than us? Who are such others, and how can we do the most good for them? Philosopher Peter Singer has worked on such questions for decades. Singer is one of the most influential ethicists in the world and has gained this highly visible and sometimes controversial standing due to his focus on two major areas: the lives of non-human animals, and questions concerning human lives at the margins of human experience. Since the first publication of his book Animal Liberation in 1975, Singer has been a key…

Jim Cramer: Plant-Based Beyond Meat Is an Ethos, Not a Hobby, and It’s Winning

JIM CRAMER: It's not a hobby, it's an ethos. That's it. That's Beyond Meat (BYND) , that's plant based, that's Ethan Brown, that's buy buy buy. I have to tell you that so many things have been accelerated by the pandemic that you can't help but wonder, are young stock buyers even caring about the short-term fundamentals? Or are they just plain true believers and therefore they can buy with reckless abandon. And one of the most important? That we can't trust the food chain anymore. That it's dirty, broken, and sinful. So we have to buy Beyond Meat, the plant based burgers that don't involve…

BIG AG GAG: A ‘Rosa Parks’ Moment For Animal Welfare

EAMONN FINGLETON: Animal welfare is the most underestimated issue in American politics. But the issue will not remain overlooked forever. Indeed, the situation could change almost literally overnight. All that’s needed is a proverbial Rosa Parks moment, and it is probably a safe bet that such a moment awaits somewhere in the U.S. factory farm industry’s future. For the time being, however, there are too few prominent business leaders or politicians in the United States that stand to gain by taking the issue seriously. Thus, for the immediate future, Big Ag seems destined to persist with…

HALT MEAT: Alternative meat is having a moment. Real meat may be done sooner than you think.

CHRIS TAYLOR: Picture two industries. One is increasingly associated in the consumer's mind with dirt and disease. Not only is much of its product pumped full of antibiotics and covered in fecal matter, not only does it come with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, but now its workers are testing positive for coronavirus in droves, and its supply chain is in pain. The other industry makes a product that many consumers find just as tasty as the first industry's product, but without the health risks. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, this industry is having no trouble…

‘Put Politics Aside’: Animal rights organization urges W.H.O. to call for an end to live animal markets

FRANCES MARTEL: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched an international petition urging the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to call for the end of “wet markets” in response to the current Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which may have originated in one. The president of PETA, Ingrid E. Newkirk, also sent a letter addressed to W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in March encouraging him and his organization to “call for the closure of all live-animal meat markets worldwide to prevent the next outbreak"... “To protect the public, W.H.O. needs to act…

EPIDEMIC CORRUPTION: Live Animal Markets Should Be Improved Not Outlawed, Says W.H.O.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The World Health Organization said that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it does not recommend that such markets be shut down globally. In a press briefing, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said live animal markets are critical to providing food and livelihoods for millions of people globally and that authorities should focus on improving them rather than outlawing them — even though they can sometimes spark epidemics in humans. “Food…