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#51: Eating & Using Animals Keeps Breeding Deadly New Viruses

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March 20, 2020

There’s only one thing on everyone’s mind right now: the novel coronavirus health crisis. Hosts Peter and Camille discuss how their lives have changed and what this means for Animal Justice, including the postponement of our April 25 benefit gala.

More than ever before, the coronavirus is teaching humanity an urgent lesson that we must take to heart—that human health is inextricably linked to the well-being of animals and the planet around us. Peter and Camille discuss how the coronavirus originated in a wildlife market in China, but how life-threatening viruses and bacteria can and have also emerged from factory farms in North America and other countries, due to the perfect breeding grounds created by intensively confining animals. For more on this topic, watch Dr. Aysha Akhtar’s brilliant TEDx talk.

In some more positive news, the World Health Organization says that dogs and other companion animals apparently cannot spread the coronavirus; Arnold Schwarzenegger is staying home with vegan food, a mini-pony named Whiskey, and a donkey named Lulu; and Canadian ag gag bills, including Bill 156 in Ontario won’t be moving ahead until the crisis is over.

Wishing you all health and strength, and please stay home as much as you possibly can.

Thank you to our new sponsors Quesava and Tempea, and to our long-time sponsors The Grinning Goat. As always, use code PAW15 at the checkout to save 15% on your order at grinninggoat.ca, Canada’s vegan fashion boutique.

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Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff

Camille Labchuk


Animal Justice

Peter Sankoff


Animal Justice

Camille Labchuk

Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Milling, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.

To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.

To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.

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2019 Canadian Law Blog Awards Winner

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