It added: “Our food and farming systems must become more resilient to crises, through a reduced reliance on animal products, and less disruptive to the natural processes that protect us from emerging diseases. To do this we need joint leadership and joint action.”
Mr Pfabigan said: “All forms of wild animal trade are associated with high risks of spreading zoonotic diseases. The Sars outbreak in 2002 has also been traced back to a wildlife market in China.
“These conditions and dangers are not only found in live animal markets in Asia. Pigs and chickens, treated equally dreadfully in factory farms, have succumbed to swine and bird flu worldwide.
“Millions of mink, vegetating on fur farms in Europe, have been infected with Covid-19 and reinfected humans with mutations of the virus. As long as we let animals suffer like this, we humans will suffer the consequences of zoonotic diseases.”
It says the pressure to produce more, and cheaper animal products, leads to increasing numbers of animals being kept in poor-welfare environments, while the resulting land change fuels climate change and biodiversity loss.
Mr Pfabigan wrote: “Multiple zoonotic diseases have been definitively linked to the dog and cat meat trade including cholera. In addition, the dog and cat meat trade itself fulfils many of the conditions for pathogen emergence and spread.”
https://a269160aaea71d9788019876f5c2f4e2.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html Ms Allen added: “Governments must act by banning the exotic-animal trade and all factory farms, and until that happens, each of us must take personal responsibility by refusing to prop up these dangerous industries and going vegan.
“We owe it to future generations to act now, or there won’t be an inhabitable planet left for them to live on.”
Carla Drysdale, WHO Communications Officer told i: “Cross-sectoral collaboration is key to understanding and managing public health risks at the human-animal-environment interface and improving global health security.
“WHO works with national governments, academia, non-governmental and philanthropic organisations, and regional and international partners, including with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), to prevent and manage these threats and their public health, social and economic impacts.”
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