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Aysha Akhtar


Why Animal Protection is Good for Humans, Too!

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a neurologist and public health specialist and is on a mission to show that what’s good for animals is also good for humans. Exploring diverse topics including infectious disease epidemics and the health consequences of factory farming, Dr. Akhtar explains how many aysha_headshotof our most urgent and pressing public health threats are connected with how animals are treated.

Dr. Akhtar is the author of the book, Animals and Public Health. Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare, which examines how the treatment of animals impacts human health. You can watch her TED talk, Do Animals Hold the Key to Your Health? where she discusses the connection between animal protection and human health.

Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is a medical officer for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration, and serves as Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Akhtar has appeared in the television shows, 30 Days, produced by Morgan Spurlock, and in Nick News, on both occasions discussing animal experimentation.

She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, where you can read how animal protection benefits human health. Her website is

Finally, since she works for the government, Dr. Akhtar must provide the obligatory disclaimer: The opinions expressed are solely those of Dr. Akhtar and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. government.