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Ανοικτή επιστολή του Eurogroup for Animals για την πανδημία και την κακοποίηση των ζώων

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"Stop pandemics? Start here": a Joint open letter to the European Commission

Με ανοικτή επιστολή ο οργανισμός Eurogroup for Animals απευθύνεται στις αρμόδιες επιτροπές της ΕΕ όσον αφορά την πανδημία και την διαχείριση των ζώων και της φύσης. Μέσω των οργανισμών που συνυπογράφουν γίνεται έκκληση στις Κυβερνήσεις και τα αρμόδια υπουργεία για την ευζωία των ζώων και τους κινδύνους μολυσματικών ασθενειών. Η ασυδοσία στην διαχείριση του περιβάλλοντος και έμβιων όντων οδηγεί στο να αναλογιστούμε τις ευθύνες και τις αλλαγές που οφείλουμε να ακολουθήσουμε.

Η εξάλειψη πανδημιών σημαίνει την εξάλειψη της σκληρότητας απέναντι στα ζώα, τώρα και για πάντα.

Ο Πανελλήνιος Σύλλογος Προστασίας Ιπποειδών, ΙΠΠΟΘΕΣΙΣ, συνυπογράφει την επιστολή.

13 May 2020 EurogroupforAnimals Open letter

Eurogroup for Animals urges the European Commission to integrate our recommendations in its Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity to 2030 strategies.

Joint open letter to: Vice-President Timmermans  Commissioner Sinkevičius Commissioner Kyriakides 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals, and COVID-19 is in all likelihood no different. Changes in land and sea use and loss of habitat for agricultural purposes, especially for the intensification of animal farming, cause more frequent and closer interactions between animals both farmed and wild, humans, and ecosystems.

As a result, 77% of our protected species and 84% of natural habitats in the EU alone have either disappeared or are in a very bad condition. These species and habitats not only have an intrinsic right to be protected, but should in fact be much better protected, since together they aid human health by providing vital ecosystem services such as clean air and water, and protection against erosion and drought.   While research is not conclusive about the source of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, it is widely believed to have been transmitted from wildlife to humans as a consequence of the proximity and variety of species sold in a Chinese wildlife market. However, the disease could just as easily have originated here. The EU is a major destination for exotic pets, including primates, reptiles, and amphibians, which are legally and illegally traded and transported to be sold and kept in EU homes, in most cases with few or no sanitary controls. Not only is this a threat to human health, it also threatens biodiversity, as is recognized in the European Invasive Alien Species Strategy.  But the next – and potentially even worse – pandemic could also easily emerge from what is now the norm in food production in most developed parts of the world: intensive farming. Farmed animals kept by the billions (trillions, if we consider fish in aquaculture) are reservoirs and pathways for diseases that can be dangerous, if not devastating, for humans and wild animals. In the EU, hundreds of millions of pigs and billions of chickens are kept in intensive industrial conditions, and are incubators of zoonotic d