Q & A with Dr. Aysha Akhtar, author of the Huffington Post series on the use of animals in research.
Read the interview here
Read the interview here
I’m excited to have been interviewed by the wonderful folks at Our Hen House.
If you want to listen to the podcast and get a good overview of how many ways our health is impacted by the treatment of animals, here is the link.
Listen to Dr. Akhtar on Our Hen House
Read arguments for and against animal experimentation at ProCon.org
Dr. Anthony Robbins, Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Health Policy and former director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and of the National Vaccine Program headline my article in his latest post on Science Blog’s The Pump Handle as he argues against the US Ag Gag laws. He says:
“There is growing concern about mistreatment of animals and its consequences for public health. In a recent commentary published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, Aysha Akhtar describes how effective animal protection would have at least three important effects:
- Reduce the incidence of emerging in factions, as poor treatment of animals contributes to the spread of new infectious diseases.
- Medical research would also benefit from better animal treatment.
- Domestic violence might be reduced is animal mistreatment were seen as sentinel events that could trigger early intervention.”
Read The need to include animal protection in public health policies by Dr. Robbins.
Listen in as I join a panel to discuss on HuffPost Live why medical research would be much improved if we cut out the animals (animal experiments).
Kathy Freston on Huffington Post writes:
I’ve often said that by showing kindness to animals and eating fewer (or better yet, none) of them, we see personal health benefits — a reduction in heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and obesity. What’s good for animals is good for us!
Now there’s an intriguing new book that extends my thesis of holistic well-being beyond food and into a variety of other areas of human interaction with animals.
In Animals and Public Health: Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare, Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a public health specialist, neurologist from the FDA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, and HuffPost blogger, looks at the interlocking animal and human health issues involved in domestic violence, animal fighting, animal attacks, the wildlife trade, factory farming, climate change, and drug development.
Read full review on the Huffington Post.
Animals and Public Health announced as Award-Winner in the “Social Change” category and as Award-Winning Finalist in the “Health: General” category of the 2012 International Book Awards.
The announcement by the International Book Awards can be found here.
Tyler Cowen mentions the book in his post in the New York Times, titled “End Subsidies and Treat Animals Better”
Read Tyler Cowen’s full article in the New York Times.
Scientist and author Jonathan Balcombe takes a moment to interview Dr. Akhtar about her book, Animals and Public Health.
Read the full interview on One Green Planet.