Whilst the emergence of Covid-19 has been linked to the consumption of wildlife, it shows strong parallels with viruses that have emerged from a different route – industrial farming – such as highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza and swine flu.

These two diseases, which originated in chickens and pigs, have been devastating to human societies and are known to have arisen from keeping sentient creatures in the most unnatural conditions – caged, crammed and confined on intensive farms. These conditions provide a virus such as avian influenza the environment it needs to thrive and spread ...


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