BAFTA-winning director Alex Lockwood has teamed up with What The Health‘s Keegan Kuhn to release a documentary on animal agriculture and its link to zoonotic diseases.
The upcoming film, which doesn’t have a release date yet, will show how ‘infectious diseases come from animals that threaten the entire human population’.
While the film will look at the current crisis of Covid-19 and its origins in the wildlife trade/consumption, it will also ‘dive deeper exploring the fact that 60 percent of all known infectious agents and 75 percent of all new emerging disease come from non-human animals, with the majority originating in western livestock’.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Kuhn said: “Alex Lockwood and I started working on this film almost six months ago, long before Covid-19 began making headlines because the dangers of zoonotic diseases in its present form have been with us since humans started farming animals.”
‘Misinformation and corruption’
Lockwood, who scooped the BAFTA’s Best British Short Film award for 73 Cows, added: “Whilst the public is becoming increasingly aware of the threat of zoonotic diseases, animal agriculture’s threat still isn’t being given the level of urgency it requires with regards to media attention.
“With this film, we hope to lift the veil of misinformation and corruption which help to keep this scientific reality a muted rumor.”