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ESEP 22:69-74 (2022)  -  DOI:

Ethics, zoonoses, and human-nonhuman conflict: Covid-19 and beyond

Rebekah Humphreys1,*, Rhyddhi Chakraborty2, Nithin Varghese3

1Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter SA48 7ED, UK
2CECOS College London, London N9 0TS, UK
3Department of English, St Berchmans College, Changanacherry, Kerala 686 101, India
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ABSTRACT: While the causes of human-animal conflict are numerous, many are intertwined with food production systems and the wildlife trade. The emergence and spread of Covid-19 exemplify this. Indeed, the wildlife population in South Asian countries has seen an increase in the risk of both human and nonhuman death in recent months, and as the economy slows, the search for food and extra income will intensify, negatively impacting wildlife. This paper aims to address some of the ethical issues concerning our treatment of nonhuman creatures and the environment in relation to the global food system and wildlife trade following the Covid-19 crisis.

KEY WORDS: Ecological ethics · Meat industry · Poaching · Covid-19 · Animal ethics · Factory farming · Environment

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Cite this article as: Humphreys R, Chakraborty R, Varghese N (2022) Ethics, zoonoses, and human-nonhuman conflict: Covid-19 and beyond. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 22:69-74.

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