People Fail To Recognize Factory Farming’s Link To Zoonotic Diseases, Study Says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people do not recognize factory farming’s link to zoonotic diseases,

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Many people do not recognize factory farming’s link to zoonotic diseases, according to a new study. 

Research led by the University of Kent found participants ‘blame’ the wild animal trade or lack of government preparation for epidemic outbreaks – not animal agriculture.

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The study also showed those who are ‘highly committed’ to eating meat ‘struggle to acknowledge global meat consumption as a link to the problem’.

Moreover, even after being informed about the risks of factory farms in the spread of disease – meat-eaters were ‘still less convinced of policies to change or ban factory farming than of policies aimed at better preparing for pandemics’.