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Review of Jeff Sebo’s Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and other Catastrophes

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2023) Review of Jeff Sebo’s Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and other Catastrophes. [Preprint]

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Jeff Sebo’s Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves offers an ambitious and passionate call for the inclusion of non-human animals (henceforth animals) in our personal deliberations as well as political decisions, where they have so far been routinely neglected. As he highlights, the last few years have brought issues of animal suffering to the forefront. The book was written during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted not only humans but also animals, and its influence is clear throughout. Animal agriculture is increasingly under pressure, with many turning vegetarian or vegan in response to the suffering and environmental destruction created by the farming industry. In the summer of 2020, Australia suffered from intense bushfires that killed millions of animals and endangered the koala population. Another recent example can be seen in the global spread of avian flu (H5N1) - incubated and mutated within high-density poultry farms, but now spreading through populations of wild birds, with catastrophic outcomes for many. With global crises of these kinds becoming increasingly common, our interrelations with animals and our entwined fates are more salient than ever. Human and animal fates, Sebo elegantly demonstrates, have become increasingly interlinked through climate change, environmental destruction, and large-scale industrial farming.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherdrheatherbrowning@gmail.com0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: animal ethics, animal welfare science, climate change, science and society, evidence-based policy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2023 01:31
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 01:31
Item ID: 22666
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22666

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