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


In prescribing blanket policy bans around wildlife and industrial animal farming as a protective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Wiebers & Feigin ignore the geographical context of their bans and reinforce problematic boundaries between nature and human society, human cultural groups, and animal-related industries.

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Julie Urbanik is a consultant and scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and is the co-founder of the Animal Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. She is the author of the award-winning book Placing Animals and co-edited the first animal studies encyclopedia Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence. Website

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