This article will provide examples of how zoo animals and domestic animals around the world have both benefited and suffered during this pandemic, and the actions taken by their caregivers to protect them from the adverse impacts of COVID-19. It will then examine how the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the PREPARED Act, have both failed to protect zoo animals. This article will also examine how the PETS Act and other legislation enacted during COVID-19 have better protected domestic animals during this time, and how the PREPARED Act would be a beneficial addition to the PETS Act because it would add commercial animals to the list of animals protected during emergencies. Finally, this article will assert that more regulations like the PREPARED Act, are needed to better protect animals impacted by COVID-19 and other future emergencies by creating stricter guidelines for emergency planning.
Tabone, Kristen, "COVID-19: Enough About Humans, What About the Animals?" (2021). Environmental Law Journal blog. 6.