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As the world tries to contain the current outbreak of "swine flu", it is worth reflecting on how the way we farm and treat animals makes the risk of diseases spreading from animals to humans so much more likely. Animals Asia believes that it is wrong to use animals for food production using methods of production which compromise the welfare of the animals. Therefore, as the debate on swine flu rages, we will highlight related articles on the link between the mass production of animals in sub-standard conditions and the heightened risk of animal to human contamination.
Dr Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is an expert on the phenomenon of diseases jumping from animals to people and how our modern uses of animals have greater potential to trigger pandemics. You can read his article on the swine flu crisis on the HSUS website here. Dr Greger previously authored the book "Bird flu: A virus of our own hatching". In it he examines the phenomenon of diseases crossing the species barrier, and how our intensive livestock production methods are contributing to the emergence of such diseases.
An article from The Times by writer Ben Macintyre about the conditions on factory farms, and the dangers inherent in the mass production of animals for meat in such conditions. Please click here to read the full article.
For a great Q&A on swine flu, courtesy of the Stanford University School of Medicine, please click here.