Industrial Animal Agriculture in the Pandemic Spotlight

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Winter / Spring 2021

6 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2021

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Courtney G. Lee

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2021

Abstract

Most infectious diseases are zoonotic—meaning that they transfer from nonhuman animals to humans—leading to dire human health risks inherent in the large-scale commodification of nonhuman animals. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular originated with the human consumption of animals, and a “wet market” where humans and nonhumans crowded together served as the first “super spreader” of the virus. The ensuing pandemic has turned a spotlight onto the dangers of industrial animal agriculture facilities as incubators and disseminators of disease, simultaneously illuminating the nonhuman and human exploitation that has been entrenched in that system for decades. Now that the COVID-19 crisis has brought more of its inherent harms to the fore, lawmakers and the public can seize this opportunity to change this system and better protect the welfare of animals, workers, consumers, and the environment—indeed, to benefit everyone.

Keywords: animal law, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, covid-19, pandemic, racism, exploitation, depopulation, reopening, cafo, slaughter

JEL Classification: K30, K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Lee, Courtney G., Industrial Animal Agriculture in the Pandemic Spotlight (March 1, 2021). ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Winter / Spring 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810976

Courtney G. Lee (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law ( email )

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