May 29, 2013
Diseases that infect animals can also be passed on to humans. These are known as zoonotic diseases.
As farming methods have become more intensive, there are an increasing number of animals reared in confined space with breeding and feeding approaches designed to increase production. It is often at the expense of the animals' welfare but it's also putting human health at risk by increasing exposure to certain diseases, which can lead to serious and sometimes fatal illness in humans.
A new briefing, Zoonotic Diseases, Human Health and Farm Animal Welfare (PDF 6MB, 16 pages) produced by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and Compassion in World Farming, examines some of the most common diseases that infect animals and can also be passed to humans, assess the causes and risks to humans and farm animals, and outlines important tools to battle against zoonotic diseases.
Download the briefing here:Zoonotic Diseases, Human Health and Farm Animal Welfare (PDF 6MB, 16 pages)
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