Christie Smith offers her advice and looks back on 35 years of helping companion animals via a local organization devoted to sheltering and adoptions.
Browsing: Medicine & Veterinary Care
“Forward-thinking researchers are moving forward with humane, human-relevant cures for COVID-19 because the world cannot afford to be hampered by the results of bogus and outdated animal experiments.”
As staffing numbers dwindle during this pandemic, which they undoubtedly will, and assurance schemes postpone inspections, current poor animal welfare standards are likely to become even worse.
A Bornean orangutan named Alba, who is believed to be the only albino orangutan alive in the world, is thriving in the rainforest where she was released more than a year ago.
Typically, potential vaccines undergo extensive animal testing before use in human clinical trials. In their urgency for developing a COVID-19 vaccine, some researchers are skipping this step, exposing animal testing for what it is: wasteful, unnecessary and inapplicable to humans.
A global ban on wildlife markets is necessary to protect both humans and other animals, says a UN Migratory Species Ambassador.
Live animal markets are a breeding ground for organisms that can be deadly to humans. According to the CDC, “3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.”
COVID-19 has forced the world to reconsider its relationship with wild animals, but South African legislation is increasingly pointing in the wrong direction. It urgently needs a rethink.
While the stress and isolation we are experiencing under lockdown is temporary, for the animals we exploit there is no relief from confinement.
At least one tiger has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo, and tuberculosis is rampant in the U.S. captive elephant population and continues to be contracted by human zookeepers.
The COVID-19 pandemic will hopefully accelerate new policies to prevent and mitigate the impact of new emerging pathogens and give new impetus to ending wildlife consumption and habitat destruction.
Due to the risks posed by the consumption of wildlife, the Chinese Government has imposed an emergency ban. The continued sale of leopard bone medicines demonstrate the need for this ban to be expanded.