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Humans, Animals and Pandemics: what needs to change?

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World

Online pre-recorded event


Dr Jonathan Birch

Dr Jonathan Birch

What steps to improve animal welfare do governments need to take to save humanity from a catastrophe that may be far greater than the ongoing COVID disaster?

Governments around the world have long identified an influenza pandemic as one of the greatest risks they face. Enduring a coronavirus pandemic will do virtually nothing to reduce that risk - unless it leads to a step change in the precautions we take against it.

Measures previously seen as proportionate can now be seen, in light of COVID-19, to be far too weak. From banning live-animal markets to incentivising reductions in meat consumption, Jonathan Birch argues that the cost of compensating those affected by a range of (previously seen as unreasonable) measures will be less costly than managing another pandemic.

Meet our speaker

Jonathan Birch (@birchlse) is an Associate Professor in LSE's Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, specializing in  the philosophy of the biological sciences.

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More about this event

This event is part of the 'Festival Shorts' series. Festival Shorts are 10-minute talks by LSE experts released during Festival week, available to watch via the LSE Festival Hub.  

The LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World is running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis and how social science research can shape it. 

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