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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

    ESEP prepress abstract   -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00203

    Ethics, Zoonoses and Human-Nonhuman Conflict: Covid-19 and beyond

    Rebekah Humphreys*, Rhyddhi Chakraborty, Nithin Varghese

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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 respect of the global food system and wildlife trade in relation to the Covid-19 crisis.