Corona Virus and Horse Racing Integrity Act Update–Episode 8

The coronavirus now making headlines across the world is, like the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003, an example of a disease originating in a non-human animal and ending up in the human-animal population. The zoonotic virus likely crossed the interspecies boundary at a "wet market" in Wuhan, where live exotic animals are sold as delicacies to affluent citizens.

The outbreak, says Animal Wellness Action founder Wayne Pacelle, is yet more evidence that animal welfare is very much related to human welfare, and that despite the apparent dual nature of life--mankind and animal kind on either side--it is very much one world indeed, and that we ignore the fact to our imperilment.

Also: Marty Irby, the organization's executive director, updates listeners on the legislative progress of the Horse Racing Integrity Act and the Wild Bear Protection Act.

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