David Wiebers and Valery Feigin, What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity


Wiebers & Feigin (W&F) are right that what COVID-19 is telling us is that to prevent future zoonotic pandemics we need to put an end to our exploitation of wild and farmed animals. To implement W&F’s recommendations we need to overcome at least three obstacles: (1) the way we have responded historically to zoonoses, (2) our insatiable appetite for meat (wild or farmed) and (3) our speciesist attitude toward nonhuman animals.

Author Biography

James Marcum is professor of philosophy at Baylor University. His research interests include animal rights and food ethics. Website