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‘Predictable, Inevitable, Preventable’: Viral Outbreaks and Our Contact with Other Animals

April 20, 2020

Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo

Predictable, inevitable, preventable.” Those are the words of Wendy Orent, an anthropologist specializing in health and pandemics, in describing the novel Coronavirus outbreak. We are now literally in lockdown over a crisis of our own creation that need never exist, if it were not for our exploitation of animals and their habitats. And the fact that we have had other viral outbreaks that preceded the current one (SARS, MERS, avian flus, swine flu, Ebola, and HIV) means we’ve willfully chosen to ignore the important lessons from our recent past.

Since all of our energy and resources are now dedicated to averting the crisis, the message of prevention may not resonate until the crisis is better under control and our minds are freer to reflect on how this happened. Nevertheless, the revelation that this crisis is largely of our own choosing is disturbing on many levels. It means those who shape global food and health policy are knowingly ignoring animal agriculture, the very industry that most undermines the goals of protecting public health and the environment, improving food security, alleviating poverty, and mitigating climate change and ecological collapse.

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Humans seem to forget
Or perhaps do not care
The earth is not ours
It is meant to be shared

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2020 11:52 am

    To me nature has had enough. Humans think they are above nature and they are not, nor can ever be. Nature must be respected. The wickedness done to animals in the world is horrific. No need for this what so ever. Until the human race raise their consciousness and be spiritually aware then there will be no change. You mess with nature, all nature, there’s something much more powerful that will react . Which is what’s happening now .

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    • April 20, 2020 1:03 pm

      Right, well-said, thank you, Linda. The problem is speciesism and the exploitation of animals that results from such and the human feelings of self-entitlement and superiority, we’ve had pandemics before, and it’s always managed, not eliminated. For those who profess that human consumption of animals as “natural” I’d love for someone to defend breastfeeding from a different species, long past infancy, with a mouthful of teeth. That’s just one ludicrous example of this “nature” exploitation. Utter insanity that has led to where we are now.


  2. Karen Lyons kalmenson permalink
    April 21, 2020 2:56 am

    Humans seem to forget
    Or perhaps do not care
    The earth is not ours
    It is meant to be shared

    Liked by 1 person

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