• Advocacy for Animals

    Presenting Advocacy for Animals, ?a blog focused primarily on animal rights, wildlife conservation, environmental health and safety, and the legal and cultural issues related to these topics. ?This blog is a source of information and a call to action. It is meant to be a provocation and a stimulus to thought regarding humanity’s relationship with nonhuman animals.?

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    When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

    Thousands of?dams?exist in the?United States, and many were built to harness water?for?hydroelectric power,?agriculture, and recreation, while at the same time interrupting normal ecological rhythms. Many dams, however, have fallen into disrepair, threatening the safety of nearby residents with?flooding?while also offering new opportunities for improved wildlife?conservation?and?ecological restoration.

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    Can your pets get coronavirus, and can you catch it from them?

    It was previously reported that lions and tigers in New York’s Bronx Zoo had become infected with SARS-CoV-2, and they were displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Now, it seems that there is evidence that other species, namely cats and dogs, can become infected with the virus, though they respond differently to it than humans do. This week’s blog post below discusses the possibility of catching COVID-19 from a dog or a cat.

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    It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

    Bats, which make up a group of more than 1,200 species, are the only mammals capable of flight. They are important pollinators and seed dispersers, and they provide pest control by eating insects. A number of species also carry viruses that can sicken livestock and human beings—and they likely played some role in the SARS outbreak in 2002. Although much more evidence needs to be collected, researchers suspect that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus at the center of the coronavirus pandemic) originated in bats, and wildlife officials fear that they may become targets of human persecution.?

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    Fauci calls for closing down wildlife markets around the globe

    Closing wildlife markets within countries, as Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House coronavirus task force rightly suggests, may be a more effective tool, however. This article examines the prevalence of wildlife markets around the world and notes that the ones in Asia aren’t the only ones worthy of scrutiny.

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    Iceland didn’t hunt any whales in 2019—and public appetite for whale meat is fading

    Since the International Whaling Commission placed an international moratorium on whaling in 1986, few countries have engaged in the practice.?Iceland was one of them, however, and it has hunted whales sporadically since then and has been roundly criticized by many neighboring countries for doing so. There are indications now that a generational shift in consuming whale meat for food is taking place in the country—with younger citizens avoiding whale meat altogether and thus reducing the economic demand for the product.

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    “Bee-washing” hurts bees and misleads consumers

    Bee populations are declining because of?pesticides and other human-generated activities. Some studies estimate that more than 40 percent of insect species’ numbers are falling and that the numbers of insects at large decrease by 2.5 percent per year. While best known for their honey and wax, the practical value of bees as pollinators is enormously greater than the value of these products.

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    The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.

    -- Barry Commoner (The Closing Circle, 1971)

    About Advocacy for Animals

    We present Advocacy for Animals as a source of information, a call to action, and a stimulus to thought regarding humanity’s relationship with nonhuman animals.?We support worldwide efforts to ensure the humane treatment of animals, to promote their well-being and conservation, to develop our scientific understanding of their nature, and to protect and restore their habitats and the natural environment at large.

    We will focus primarily on animal rights, wildlife conservation, environmental health and safety, and the legal and cultural issues related to these topics. The views expressed on Advocacy for Animals by its editorial staff and contributors are not necessarily those of Encyclop?dia Britannica, Inc.



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