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VIRUS FRONTLINES: It’s time to lockdown and close all slaughterhouses for ‘good’

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The root of the virus problem is eating animals. It is time to stop breeding animals to eat them, and it is also time to close down slaughterhouse doors not only temporarily, but for good.

SANDRA KYLE & LILY TULLOCH: The New Zealand Government announced this week that slaughterhouses will remain open during the current 4-week Covid-90 lockdown because they are an ‘essential service’. To state that slaughtering animals is ‘essential’ to our survival is frankly ridiculous, and given that the World Food Organisation (FAO) has warned that the number of animal diseases transmissible to humans is increasing at an unprecedented rate, this is an excellent time for a national debate on the subject… The coronavirus that produces the disease jumped from a wild animal (bat or pangolin) to a human in a Chinese slaughterhouse probably when it was being killed or prepared for consumption.

It is of utmost importance that we understand that the threat that the consumption of animals poses to us. Every pandemic in the last one hundred years has had an animal origin, from the Spanish flu in 1917-1918, that is thought to have originated in a Kansas hog farm, to Ebola, SARS, MERS, Mexican flu, Avian Flu and HIV. In fact, according to the World Agriculture Changing Disease Landscapes report published in 2013, a full seventy percent of the new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin, and were caused by the consumption of animals. Collectively, these diseases have killed hundreds of millions of people…

The root of the problem is eating animals. It should be noted here that much of the pork we eat here in New Zealand comes from China, a country that not only has appalling animal welfare, but is also currently dealing with African Swine Fever that is rampant in their pig production. Last year, in China, an estimated 150 million pigs were ‘destroyed’ to stop the spread of the swine fever among pig herds. The animals were buried alive, or burned alive, in their hundreds of millions, even though swine fever is not transmissible to humans because the virus shape is unable to fix itself to human cells…

A world plagued by zoonotic disease is a hideous thought. Humans have so radically altered the ecosystems of the planet due to globalization and economic development, and by the growing consumption of animals and their products, that we have created the perfect storm for the emergence of new pathogens. It is a matter of urgency that we need to call it to a halt. We do not need to breed and slaughter animals for our food… It is time to stop breeding animals to eat them, and it is also time to close down slaughterhouse doors not only temporarily, but for good. If we do, then the end of animal suffering will result in a significant reduction in human suffering too.  SOURCE…

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