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June 04, 2020 - The Hill

It's time to shut down industrial animal farming

It's time to shut down industrial animal farming
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While governments act aggressively to save lives, stop any further spread of COVID-19, and reopen their economies, let's not wait to prevent the next virus. More will come. Pandemics are picking up their pace. Thankfully, prevention is entirely possible — especially now that behavior change is on the table.

All it takes is a willingness to reconsider how we consume, trade, and treat animals. Big ask? Maybe. But everything should be on the table when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.

Here's the opportunity: If we stop packing animals into crowded, confined areas — to be slaughtered for protein or parts — and if we stop cutting down and endangering their habitat, we can avoid infectious, animal-borne diseases like COVID-19, SARS, the swine flu, and more. (For these reasons, and more, Goldman Sachs now says livestock commodities are looking as 'precarious as oil' and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are calling for a ban on factory farms.)

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