Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

In the complex universe of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases (those that can jump from animals to humans and back), key questions remain largely unaddressed, including what role fur farming for the fashion industry plays in the spread of highly transmissible zoonotic diseases, and how the industry should be managed to minimize risk. Zoonoses are […]

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Vaccinations may be vital for saving Amur tigers from virus outbreaks (commentary)

Vaccinations may be vital for saving Amur tigers from virus outbreaks (commentary)

While the world focuses on the development of new vaccines against COVID-19, biologists are building the case for using vaccines for the conservation of wildlife. Our own research on the impact of canine distemper virus (CDV) in the Russian Far East concludes that vaccination of Amur tigers is a potentially important strategy to avoid extinction […]

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Petition: Disturbing Footage Described as “Scene From Hell” of Animals Suffering at a Fox Fur Farm

Petition: Disturbing Footage Described as “Scene From Hell” of Animals Suffering at a Fox Fur Farm

Humane Society International (HSI) released terrifying footage of foxes and raccoons suffering at a fur farm in Asia, according to an emailed statement. The video shows the animals enduring painful treatment and eventual death on the farm. One campaigner described it as “like a scene from hell.” HSI filmed at eleven randomly selected farms in […]

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Coronavirus fears as China plans to protect vast mink and fox fur industry from backlash at wildlife trade

Coronavirus fears as China plans to protect vast mink and fox fur industry from backlash at wildlife trade

China is considering moves that would entrench its vast fur industry further into the country’s economy, raising worries over the spread of coronavirus among animals crowded together in small spaces. The country’s agriculture ministry is proposing to reclassify mink, raccoon dogs, silver foxes and blue foxes as domestic livestock, rather than wild animals, which they […]

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