Episode 124 – COVID Part 6: Animal Agriculture & Pandemics (Dr. Aysha Akhtar)

Episode 124
(Air Date: April 22nd, 2020)

We’ve all kind of known this as vegans, whether we had hard evidence, or just a lurking suspicion. But today we’re going to set the record straight!


Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health. She is the CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, which is pioneering the transition to replace the use of animals in experimentation with effective human-based technologies.

Dr. Akhtar is the author of the recent book, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies. Combining medicine, social sciences, and stories, her book explores how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined. She is also the author of Animals and Public Health, which argues for the need for medical/health institutions to include animals as part of the “public” in public health.

Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Commander in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Akhtar has appeared in television shows and interviewed by national media.

She can be found at:
Website: www.ayshaakhtar.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrAyshaAkhtar
Twitter: @DrAyshaAkhtar


Our Symphony with Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies

Tedx Talk:
Do animals hold the key to your health?

Other Talks:
How Reliable and Predictive are Animal Experiments for Human Outcomes?

Our Symphony with Animals with Dr. Aysha Akhtar
Dr. Akhtar discusses medical testing on animals with Plant Based Nafsika


Unrelated, but still awesome — 15 year old vegan drag enthusiast, Zoe (@Truffleandbass on Instagram) is organizing a major fundraiser to help support local queens who are in need right now as the bars and performance spaces are all shut down. Zoe already surpassed her initial goal of $500. Help her meet her ultimate goal of $5,000!

Click here to donate to her fundraiser!

And as if one fundraiser wasn’t enough — my friend in Berlin, Jeff Mannes (of Orgysmic) who was featured on Episode 113, is using his upcoming birthday as a fundraiser to support queer culture! (Which I guess includes me as one of his chosen beneficiaries!) He’s aiming to raise €1,000 (Euros)
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