The Force of the Horse

Jane Goodall says ‘Disrespect for Animals’ caused Pandemic

Stéphane ORJOLLET  AFP

“Many thanks to Debbie Coffey for bringing this to my attention.  Terry and I have always looked upon mankind as being a pandemic waging war against the living earth.  We are like a virus, infecting, consuming and killing everything within our path…we are the most dangerous animal that lives on this planet because we not only eat, consume and kill every living thing on Mother Earth but we strip her of her resources and suck the very life out of her soul.

At first glance this may not appear to be a positive Easter message but it is time for new beginnings.

This current pandemic is a warning and a shot across our bow.  It was born in the cruelty of China’s wet markets, that I have personally and sadly witnessed, and is meant as wake-up call.  Mother Earth is pissed and in the end she will prevail.  Now would be a good time to slip back into our intended roles and treat our co-inhabitants of this planet, and the planet herself, with the respect and dignity that they deserve.  We are NOT King of the Hill, instead we are the scourge that pollutes and consumes the valley below.  Let’s clean it up!” ~ R.T.


 World-renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall says the coronavirus pandemic was caused by humanity’s disregard for nature and disrespect for animals.

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall pleaded for humanity to learn from past mistakes (AFP Photo/Fabrice COFFRINI)

Goodall, who is best known for trail-blazing research in Africa that revealed the true nature of chimpanzees, pleaded for the world to learn from past mistakes to prevent future disasters.

During a conference call ahead of the release of the new National Geographic documentary “Jane Goodall: The Hope”, the 86-year-old also said everyone can make a difference.

– How do you view this pandemic? –

Goodall: It is our disregard for nature and our disrespect of the animals we should share the planet with that has caused this pandemic, that was predicted long ago.

Because as we destroy, let’s say the forest, the different species of animals in the forest are forced into a proximity and therefore diseases are being passed from one animal to another, and that second animal is then most likely to infect humans as it is forced into closer contact with humans.

It’s also the animals who are hunted for food, sold in markets in Africa or in the meat market for wild animals in Asia, especially China, and our intensive farms where we cruelly crowd together billions of animals around the world. These are the conditions that create an opportunity for the viruses to jump from animals across the species barrier to humans.

– What can we do about these animal markets? –

It’s really good that China closed down the live wild animal markets, in a temporary ban which we hope will be made permanent, and other Asian countries will follow suit.

But in Africa it will be very difficult to stop the selling of bush meat because so many people rely on that for their livelihoods.

It will need a lot of careful thought on how it should be done, you can’t just stop somebody doing something when they have absolutely no money to support themselves or their families, but at least this pandemic should have taught us the kind of things to do to prevent another one.

– What can we hope for? –

We have to realise we are part of the natural world, we depend on it, and as we destroy it we are actually stealing the future from our children.

Hopefully, because of this unprecedented response, the lockdowns that are going on around the world, more people will wake up and eventually they can start thinking about ways they can live their lives differently.

Everyone can make an impact every single day.

If you think about the consequences of the little choices you make: what you eat, where it came from, did it cause cruelty to animals, is it made from intensive farming — which mostly it is — is it cheap because of child slave labour, did it harm the environment in its production, where did it come from, how many miles did it travel, did you think that perhaps you could walk and not take your car.

(Also consider) ways that you could perhaps help alleviate poverty because when people are poor they can’t make these ethical choices. They just have to do whatever they can to survive — they can’t question what they buy, they must buy the cheapest, and they are going to cut down the last tree because they are desperate to find land on which they can grow more food.

So what we can do in our individual lives does depend a little bit on who we are, but we all can make a difference, everybody can.

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  1. For humans to believe in their dominant status & look down on the species that MAKE this planet is beyond stupidity. Jane is so very right in everything she said. The fact that right now the pollution caused by our greedy carelessness is stopped for a little while. Read an article today from India that the people there are seeing blue skies & hearing birds singing again – seeing mountains in the distance that have been hidden for 30 years by the dirty air from their vehicles & power plants! It certainly could enlighten us all – if we were paying attention! Right?
    And yes, the poverty, environmental destruction AND animal abuse? Certainly not any other species is responsible for any of it!

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  2. AND BIRTH CONTROL. Human overpopulation continues to rage uncontrolled. Too many people, taking too much, for far too long, destroying all that is precious. Until this reality is addressed, everything else is just a band-aid. Thank you Jane Goodall. Send your message around the world.

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  3. Jane Goodall is correct! It is a sad situation but presents a true picture of our mistakes that led to this pandemic and others to come.

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  4. Wet Markets were Not the cause. The Novel Covid 19 was made in a Wuhan Bio Center. The Infectioys diseases lab is what caused this and yes destroying animals about habitats have escalated our Earths issues. PETA also has. They are currently enlisting children ages 10 through 20 to trespass and cause animal owners issues to attempt to circumvent the Animal Agriculture laws identifying them as Animal Agriculture Terrorists. Until agendas are stopped and balances restored we will have issues. The wet market is not the Covid 19 birthplace. The wet market is however needing shut down period. Salmonella, listeria, distemper, rabies, ecoli etc all valid reasons.

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