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BAFTA-Winning Director To Release Film Linking Animal Agriculture To Zoonotic Diseases

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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’.

‘Dive deeper’

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.”

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Cowspiracy/What The Health co-creator and BAFTA-winning director team up for new film about Zoonotic Diseases. The threat of infectious organisms/diseases coming from animals has long been a reality, but it hasn’t been until the global pandemic of Covid-19 that the general public has finally become aware to the very real and dangerous threat they pose. The co-director of Cowspiracy and What The Health, Keegan Kuhn has teamed up with BAFTA-winning director Alex Lockwood (73 Cows, Test Subjects) to create a new feature-length documentary about infectious diseases coming from animals that threaten the entire human population. According to the Center For Disease Control, the end of medicine as we know it is upon us. The prevalence and pandemics of new viruses like Covid-19, and ‘superbug’ outbreaks such as swine and avian flu, MRSA infections, multi-drug resistant organisms and a host of food-borne illnesses, resulting in the deaths of millions, can all be traced back to one dirty industry; animal agriculture.’ The film will be the first feature-length documentary to connect the dots and expose this in detail. “Alex Lockwood and I started working on this film almost 6 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” Said producer Keegan Kuhn. While the film will look at the current crisis of Covid-19 and its origins in the wildlife trade/consumption, the film will dive deeper exploring the fact that 60% of all known infectious agents and 75% of all new emerging disease come from non-human animals, with the majority originating in western livestock. “Whilst the public is becoming increasingly aware of the threat of zoonotic diseases, animal agricultures 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 miss-information and corruption which help to keep this scientific reality a muted rumour.” said the film’s director Alex Lockwood. @firstsparkmedia @lockwoodfilm

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‘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.”

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