Video: Preventing the Next Pandemic Through Animal Welfare


In July 2020, Animal People attended the annual United Nations High Level Political Forum as a member of the Animal Issues Thematic Cluster. As part of this event, Animal People Executive Director Wolf Gordon Clifton conducted a series of interviews with experts on various aspects of animal protection and sustainability. We will be releasing recordings of those interviews here on Animal People Forum.

In the video below, Dr. Jim Desmond, co-founder of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection and consultant for EcoHealth Alliance, speaks with Wolf Gordon Clifton. Dr. Desmond weighs in on timely topics such as the connection between animal welfare and the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the wildlife trade in zoonotic disease transmission, and how governments can act to prevent future pandemics.

Featured image: a sign for a COVID-19 testing center. Image credit Tim Dennell, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Dylan has been joyously aware of the multispecies nature of the world around him since childhood, and today considers this attention towards nonhuman others to be an integral component of his intellectual, political, and emotional life. Dylan had the pleasure of being a part of the Animal People team from 2015-2021. Click to see author's profile.

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