2020 has been a tough year. It’s hard to put it into words. What started on an optimistic note, welcoming in the New Year, soon changed with the advent of Covid-19, as it spread around the globe with devastating effects.
News has broken over the past few days that China has detected the presence of the Covid-19 virus on packaging of frozen Argentine beef, German pork and Indian cuttlefish.
“Industrial agriculture increases the ‘risk of future pandemics and needs to be tackled”, according to the EU’s ruling Council in Brussels, which calls for action to be taken on a global basis
This week, I had the great honour to share the stage with wildlife legend, leading conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall at Compassion’s webinar event, Pandemics, Wildlife and Intensive Farming. The event was co-hosted by distinguished MEP
Protecting the health service by staying at home has been a key message throughout this crisis. And a key point of grateful celebration has been for those in the health service and other key workers.
Just a few months ago, it would have seemed a stretch of the imagination; a pandemic from wildlife in a wet market in China causing billions of people to be locked down across the world?
With the world gripped by the worst pandemic in a lifetime, questions are starting to be asked about how our treatment of animals is storing up health crises for the future.
In early April whilst most of the world was coming to terms with the horror of the Covid-19 pandemic, Compassion in World Farming, along with some 200 other organisations, signed an Open Letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO).