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A Preliminary Assessment of the Impacts of C-19 on Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Interactions in the UK and Beyond

32 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020 Publication Status: Under Review

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Samantha Hurn

University of Exeter

Emily Stone

University of Exeter

Fenella Eason

University of Exeter

Jessica Groling

University of Exeter

Alexander Badman-King

University of Exeter

Melani Nardone

University of Exeter

Jes Hooper

University of Exeter

Kristine Hill

University of Exeter

Michelle Szydlowski

University of Exeter

Tiamat Warda

University of Exeter

Robin Fiore

University of Exeter

Teresa Tyler

University of Exeter

Zhuoyuan Zhang

University of Exeter

Kerry Sands

University of Exeter

Thomas Aiello

University of Exeter

Abstract

One leading theory as to the origins of the current 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, henceforth C-19) suggests emergence from a seafood and exotic animal ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, China and through the trade, slaughter and consumption of bats or even pangolin. Attributing the origin of this latest pandemic only to the illicit and unsanitary conditions of wet markets would miss the bigger picture. This pandemic, and other zoonotic outbreaks, invite us to carefully question the ways we think about, interact with and consume other animals more generally. This paper has drawn from recent publicly available news and online data sources to conduct a qualitative, cross disciplinary thematic analysis of the diverse impacts of C-19 to date on animal welfare and human-animal interactions in the UK but with global relevance. The diverse examples reviewed highlight areas where welfare might be compromised and allow for recommendations for mitigating such circumstances in the future.

Keywords: animal welfare, nonhuman animals, human-animal interactions, human wellbeing, zoonotic disease, C-19, lockdown

Suggested Citation

Hurn, Samantha and Stone, Emily and Eason, Fenella and Groling, Jessica and Badman-King, Alexander and Nardone, Melani and Hooper, Jes and Hill, Kristine and Szydlowski, Michelle and Warda, Tiamat and Fiore, Robin and Tyler, Teresa and Zhang, Zhuoyuan and Sands, Kerry and Aiello, Thomas, A Preliminary Assessment of the Impacts of C-19 on Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Interactions in the UK and Beyond. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3608580

Samantha Hurn (Contact Author)

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Emily Stone

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Fenella Eason

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Jessica Groling

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Alexander Badman-King

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Melani Nardone

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Jes Hooper

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Kristine Hill

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Michelle Szydlowski

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Tiamat Warda

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Robin Fiore

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Teresa Tyler

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Zhuoyuan Zhang

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Kerry Sands

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Thomas Aiello

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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