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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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ANIMAL FARMS

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While the virus responsible for COVID-19 may have come from a bat or a pangolin, the problem is that humanity has been increasing the risk of catching new diseases by exploiting wildlife as a food source or for commercial gain, according to a 2021 press release from the Center for Biological Diversity. Wildlife exploitation is easier to explain when it comes to diseases suddenly affecting humans. When a wild animal has a virus, all it takes is for various species to intermingle in a small area, and the passing of the virus from one animal to the next can trigger mutations that will make them ultimately able to infect humans as well. However, most people don’t think about the more dangerous possibility: that our own methods of using animals for food using large-scale production methods may be a tipping point for other pandemic-capable diseases in the future.

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