Humane Society International’s white paper concludes that we must urgently phase out factory farming to prevent future pandemics.
Confining vast numbers of stressed animals indoors creates novel viral strains because their immune systems are weakened so they succumb to viruses easily
Expanding farms into previously wild areas brings wild and domestic species together, allowing diseases to jump
Concentrating animal farms in an area increases the risk of pathogens spreading
The global live animal trade, in which huge numbers of live animals are transported globally, allows viruses to travel
Agricultural fairs and auctions and live animal markets where the public get close to species from different places, let viruses proliferate.
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