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Leonardo DiCaprio urges 47M followers to support the ‘Preventing Future Pandemics’ bill

The actor has regularly spoken out on pressing environmental issues. Movie star and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has called on his followers to support the “Preventing Future Pandemics Act,”  Urging his 46-million-plus Instagram followers, the Academy Award-winning actor wrote: “If you care about preventing the next pandemic, please ask your Senator to cosponsor Senate Bill S. …

California chicken plant shuts down after 8 employees die and over 400 test positive for COVID-19

‘If we’re going to keep food on our tables during this pandemic, we must do a better job of protecting the essential workers…’ On September 1, Foster Farms temporarily closed its main poultry processing plant in Livingston, Calif. after nearly 400 workers tested positive for coronavirus and eight lost their lives. The move followed after …

Dutch mink farms to permanently close by March 2021 following COVID-19 outbreaks

‘We commend the government on its decision to end this incredibly cruel and completely unnecessary industry and protect citizens’ The Dutch mink industry has been ordered to shut all its operations by March next year, the national news service, NOS reported. The government had already scheduled a ban on the mink breeding industry by 2024, …

New study says coronavirus can live on frozen meat for 3 weeks

The new study’s finding has sparked fears about coronavirus spreading through contaminated food. The novel coronavirus can survive for up to three weeks on pork, poultry, and fish in the freezer, reveals a new study titled: Seeding of outbreaks of COVID-19 by contaminated fresh and frozen food. To test the hypothesis of whether the virus …

Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix expose link between factory farming and zoonotic diseases in new film

‘With this film, we hope to shine a light on the extent to which animal agriculture and environmental destruction contribute to (future pandemics).’ Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are now part of a documentary that delves ‘the connection between animal agriculture, environmental destruction and the emergence of zoonotic diseases’. The vegan power couple are executively …

Vietnam bans wild animal imports and markets in COVID-19 crackdown

‘This rapacious appetite for wildlife is endangering not just these species’ survival, but is endangering people’s lives too’ A new directive signed by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc bans wildlife imports including eggs, organs or body parts.  It also announces a crackdown on illegal hunting, killing or advertising of wild animals. The move comes …

UK health officials confirm first COVID-19 infection in pet cat

‘There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans’ The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed a female Siamese cat contracted coronavirus in the UK after the feline tested positive on Wednesday 22 July. While the government announced the infection was confirmed at the Animal Plant Health Laboratory, it added …

Dutch parliament votes for early closure of all 128 mink fur farms following COVID-19 outbreaks

‘Waiting until 2024 for the mink ban to take effect would have been unjustifiable and irresponsible’ Dutch MPs have “overwhelmingly” voted to close all of its estimated 128 mink farms by the end of the year following coronavirus outbreaks that spread to 15 more farms after being first detected on two farms in April. The …

German slaughterhouse reports mass outbreak of new coronavirus cases after lockdown rules eased

‘As long as you don’t change this structure, you will always have these mass outbreaks in the meat industry’ Germany is facing its largest local Covid-19 outbreak after more than 650 slaughterhouse workers tested positive for the virus at a meat processing plant in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Toennies, the company that owns …

Chinese boycott salmon after it is linked to second COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing

‘We have yet to find out whether human beings transmitted the virus to salmon, or salmon contracted the virus first’ Imported salmon has been implicated in the latest outbreak of COVID cases in the Chinese capital. Experts have also warned the public from consuming the fish while it has been taken off the shelves in …