Katrien Devolder announces a new Thinking Out Loud video series with philosophers and other experts discussing ethical issues raised by the corona-crisis. Topics include animal welfare, prioritising access to vaccines, resource allocation, inequalities, and others.
The current focus of Thinking Out Loud is on Animals and Pandemics. Covid-19 is very likely a zoonotic disease, which means that it was transmitted from animals to humans. Other dangerous infectious diseases, such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV originated in animals too. In fact, of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, 75% are zoonotic. Joining Katrien Devolder are philosophers, scientists and other experts to discuss how we might prevent future pandemics.
Episode 1: How to prevent future pandemics, with Jeff Sebo (Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU)
Katrien and Jeff discuss factory farms as breeding grounds for pandemics, and the importance of considering human and animal health together.