Coronavirus: ‘Wake-up call’ for how we treat wild animals

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2 Aug 20202 August 2020Last updated at23:03View Comments (25)Baboon in a cageGETTY IMAGESAnimals like this baboon are caught in the wild and then sold

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Animal campaigners say the coronavirus pandemic is a “wake-up call” about how wild animals are treated across the world.

It’s thought the virus, known as Covid-19, might have originally come from animals at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China.

The pandemic has highlighted some of the problems around the way people treat wild animals and the impact that this can then have on humans.

So how does a disease pass from animals to humans, and what can be done to help stop it happening again?

What is a zoonotic disease?

Covid-19 is what scientists call a zoonotic disease – that means it starts off in animals and then humans catch it.

Diseases like this have been around forever – you may have heard of others like…

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Quota system to be used for alligator hunts

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story.lead_photo.captionAn alligator takes a break in the sun at Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana. (Photo by Kate Stow)

Arkansas hunters who didn’t draw a public land permit for alligator hunting this year will have another chance to tag a gator through the new quota-hunt system on private land.

The drawing for Arkansas’ 2020-21 public land alligator season permits was held recently and 38 hunters have been notified of drawing their permit.

However, as a result of the new quota-hunt system, anyone with access to private land in the southern half of the state has an opportunity to go on an alligator hunt.


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Firearms removed from hunting plan at Sachuest Point

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Other changes made in final hunting and fishing plan following public comments

Following vocal concern over plans to allow hunting at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a change to the plan for the Middletown refuge.

In releasing its final hunting and fishing plan for the National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island, Fish and Wildlife officials said the plan at Sachuest has been adapted so that no firearms will be allowed and there will be no general hunting season open to the public.

Under the current plan a short — three to five day — special mentored deer hunt, permitting only archery will be allowed. In addition, the hunting area has been reduced to exclude all areas near the town beaches, campground and the saltmarsh.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the mentored hunt will not occur every year.

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Tropical Storm Isaias Expected To Make Landfall As A Hurricane In Carolinas

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Waves kicked up by Tropical Storm Isaias crash along Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Sunday. Isaias is expected to make landfall as a hurricane in the Carolinas on Monday evening.

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The National Hurricane Center is warning residents of the Carolinas to brace for the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to make landfall as a hurricane in northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina by Monday evening.

The storm is expected to linger in North Carolina on Monday, traveling inland through the night before swirling up the Mid-Atlantic coast and into the northeastern United States on Tuesday night.

“Heavy rainfall from Isaias will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic, through Tuesday night near the path of Isaias up the East Coast of the United States. Widespread minor to moderate…

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Fauci: No one can predict how bad the pandemic will get this fall

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shown here testifying before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31 in Washington, D.C.
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As the school year approaches and flu season looms on the horizon, the U.S. continues to battle a worsening coronavirus pandemic. No one can predict how the pandemic will play out in the fall, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said today.

“I do not know…nor can anyone know what the fall is going to bring,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said today (Aug. 3) during a Q&A put together by the Journal JAMA Network. Back…

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The pandemic highlights the gruesome animal abuses at US factory farms

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/03/coronavirus-animal-abuse-us-factory-farms

Stories have emerged of mass killings of chickens and pigs, a tiny fraction of daily abuses heaped on farmed animals

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Among other methods, pigs have been killed by a method known as ventilator shutdown, in which the airways to a barn are closed off and steam is introduced.
Among other methods, pigs have been killed by a method known as ventilator shutdown, in which the airways to a barn are closed off and steam is introduced. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than any event in recent history, the coronavirus pandemic has made plain the consequences of our abuse of animals. From the Chinese wet market where the virus likely emerged to the American slaughterhouses which have become key vectors of transmission, our ravenous demand for cheap meat has been implicated in enormous human suffering. But the suffering is not ours alone. The pandemic has also focused our attention on how American agribusiness – which has benefited from deregulation under the Trump administration – abuses animals on an industrial scale.

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Syria Condemns Agreement that Allows US to Illegally Steal Its Oil

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A U.S. armoured vehicle drives past a burning gas flare from oil extraction in Qahtaniyah, Syria, October 31, 2019 A U.S. armoured vehicle drives past a burning gas flare from oil extraction in Qahtaniyah, Syria, October 31, 2019 | Photo: Twitter/

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Syria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Sunday condemned the recent agreement between the opposition Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the U.S. company Delta Crescent, an illegal deal which is aimed at giving the White House a free hand to steal the Arab country’s oil.

“This is an illegal agreement. It is nothing more than a contract between thieves and a real robbery,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry stated, adding that the SDF-Delta contract “attacks Syrian sovereignty and reinforces the U.S. hostilities towards the country in this new attempt to steal its resources.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is allied with U.S. President Donald Trump, was involved in the agreement negotiations, according to the local outlet Al Monitor.

During the negotiations, Graham held direct and prolonged talks with SDF commander-in-chief Mazlum…

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Jordanian PM breaks taboo with one-state suggestion

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Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz referred to Israel’s annexation policy as ‘ushering in a new apartheid state.’ (AFP)

What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza.

Politically, the idea is also untenable. Those who are still marketing the two-state solution — less enthusiastically now as compared with the euphoria of 20 years ago — are paralyzed in the face of the Israeli-American onslaught on any attempt at making “Palestine” a tangible reality.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) of Mahmoud Abbas is still busy compiling more symbolic recognitions of a state that, at best, exists in the dusty files…

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