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[Wild Life Trade] Fur Farming And Wildlife Trade As ‘Areas Of Interest’ In COVID-19 Origin Report

'The report provides a stark warning about the devastating public  health risks of exploiting wild animals ' The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the wildlife trade and fur farming as ‘areas of interest’ in its latest report on the origin of COVID-19. The Animal and Environmental Studies section of the document states that the possible pathways of emergence considered to be ‘likely to very likely’ was introduction via an intermediary host. Fur farming and wildlife trade A specific recommendation in the report calls for ‘surveys for SARSr-CoVs in farmed wildlife or livestock that have potential to be infected’. This includes species bred for food such as ferret-badgers and civets. As well animals such as mink bred for fur. Non-profit the Humane Society International (HSI) says the report shows that fur farming and wildlife trading ‘must be banned’. It branded the practices a ‘petri dish for the next global pandemic’. Continue...  

[Animal Life] Interpreting “Blue Loss” and Measuring the Hidden Animals in Our Food System

This report examines the issue of “blue loss,” or how many aquatic animals are unaccounted for in the human food chain each year.  Aquaculture is often touted as the solution to overfishing, yet our study has found that up to half of all animals caught at sea are fed to fish on farms.  This poses serious questions about aquaculture’s animal welfare paradigm. Listed below are our main findings: ● Approximately 1.2 trillion aquatic animals are fed to other aquatic animals each year. This is approximately one-third to one-half of all animals fished. ● In order to produce the billions of fish that end up on the human plate, trillions of fish are processed, or fed live, as fish feed. ● Many of the fish we feed Salmon have similar welfare needs, thus creating a ‘welfare pyramid’ effect, as each farmed salmon must eat the biomass equivalent to 9 herring, or 120 anchovies, to be brought to harvest weight. ● In terms of welfare, this means that each farmed fish we produce under welfare scrutiny