Join me for this Food for Thought podcast series that examines what the covid-19 / coronavirus virus means for non-human animals and the habits, laws, and policies that affect our treatment of them. The first episode in the series focuses on wild animals who are poached, farmed, and eaten.
The source for the recent coronavirus outbreak that has led to a devastating worldwide pandemic has been linked to a market in mainland China, where wild animals are sold and killed for human consumption. China has said it will permanently ban the consumption of animals, but many questions remain.
Will this virus put an end to the illegal wildlife trade in China and Southeast Asia?
Will the wildlife farms in China reopen once the pandemic is over?
Will this be the end to live animal markets and wet markets where wild and domesticated animals are sold and killed for meat?
Will China close the loopholes (such as exemptions for fur and Traditional Chinese Medicine) that exist in their bans on wildlife poaching and consumption?
Will good come out of this devastation?
Is there anything you can do to help make a difference?
One of my goals has always been to take the word “vegan” out of the box called “vegan.” My goal is constantly thwarted by
*vegans overusing the word vegan *the use of “vegan” to refer to food as well as people *advocates who tell people to “go vegan” *the attempt by some vegans to narrow the definition and make the word “vegan” refer to every social problem that exists in the world
If you call yourself vegan or have ever been told you can’t call yourself vegan, this episode is for you.