How much smaller would the risk of pandemics be had we no farm, fishing or hunting contact to animals?

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
How much smaller would the risk of pandemics be had humans worldwide no farm, fishing or hunting contact to animals? Please quantify.

If you cannot answer that, what would be the possible forms of transmission from animals to humans if there were no such contact?

A zoonosis is "any disease or infection that is naturally transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans." (WHO https://www.who.int/topics/zoonoses/en/)

A widely-cited article in Nature notes about emerging infectious diseases (EIDs): "EID events are dominated by zoonoses (60.3% of EIDs): the majority of these (71.8%) originate in wildlife (for example, severe acute respiratory virus, Ebola virus), and are increasing significantly over time. We find that 54.3% of EID events are caused by bacteria or rickettsia, reflecting a large number of drug-resistant microbes in our database." [Jones KE, Patel NG, Levy MA, et al. Global trends in emerging infectious diseases, Nature, 2008, vol. 451 7181(pg. 990-993)]

Yours faithfully,
Nicolas Feil

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Also, what provides the highest risk for contagion (please quantify in terms of severity of the disease or mortality) - keeping livestock, hunting or fishing?
In other words, if we can get rid of only one, which one should we get rid of, for public health purposes? Or if we get rid of all three, which one should we get rid of first.

Yours faithfully,

Nicolas Feil

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

If you cannot answer it for the whole world, please try answering it for the UK or other smaller regions.

Yours faithfully,

Nicolas Feil

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