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Pandemics caused by animal abuses.  

VEGANISM is the only way to prevent.

As we enter May 2020, COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, keeps the UK in lockdown. Tragically we are closing in on 30,000+ fatalities linked to the pandemic. Worldwide the known infections have exceeded 3,000,000 and already 240,000+ people have sadly lost their lives. The virus is effecting 212 countries and territories around the world. The USA has the most confirmed cases of infection at 1,100,000+ and counting, and 65,000+ american citizens have already died. Lockdowns around the globe are starting to ease, or at least governments are planning for their easing in the days and weeks to come. It is apparent though that we need to continue 'social distancing' for many months and hope that the 'R-rate' - the Reproductive (infection) rate - can stay below 1.0, meaning we avoid a second wave of exponential infections. Testing has grown to a capacity over 100,000 a day in the UK, a 'Track & Trace' App is on it's way, Plasma with anti-bodies from those recovered is to be given to the sick in the hope it will help them battle the virus and vaccination trials are being conducted by scientists at University of Oxford with around 1,100 volunteers.  We have a long road ahead of us, but VaVUK's belief and hope is that whether it's Oxford or somewhere else in the world, we will get a vaccine or treatment that will slowly allow us to return to a semblance of normality, be it perhaps a 'new normal'. What might have been missed by a large part of the population is that coronavirus COVID-19 is strongly believed to have originated from the abuses of animals. Here we list 8 devastating diseases of the last 4 decades, all of which have been accredited to animal abuses. WE NEED TO LEARN, AND FAST, ONLY A VEGAN WORLD CAN HELP PREVENT VIRAL PANDEMICS. 

2019: COVID-19

This novel coronavirus pandemic is strongly believed to have come from a “wet market” in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Officially the first case of Covid-19 came on 8th December 2019. The city was put into lockdown on 23rd January 2020. Like other types of coronavirus, it began in animals and was transmitted to humans. Latest research suggests links to bats and pangolins.

2014: Ebola Virus Disease

The Ebola virus disease is a virus transmitted to humans from animals such as bats, primates and porcupines.

2012: MERS

Middle East respiratory syndrome or 'MERS' is another disease caused by a coronavirus. First seen in Saudi Arabia this respiratory disease has now spread around the world. The World Health Organization advises that camels transferred the virus to humans and their guidance is to avoid the consumption of camel meat and milk.

2009: Swine Flu

Killing 575,000+ people around the world, the H1N1 virus pandemic started when the virus was transmitted from pigs to humans. 

2002: SARS

Severe acute respiratory syndrome or 'SARS' is yet another disease caused by a coronavirus that originated in wild animals. This time it was bats and civet cats that passed it to humans. The pandemic originated in China and caused an outbreak of deadly pneumonia, killing more than 770 people. It’s again thought that the virus might have started in a wet market.

1997: Bird Flu

First appearing in farmed geese H5N1 bird or 'avian' flu moved to infecting chickens raised for meat and eggs. Particular strains of avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans. The deadliest strains are H5N1 and H7N9. Many hundreds of people in China and around the globe have been killed by these avian flu viruses. The virus is transmitted to humans through the touching of feathers, flesh, or the bird's faeces.

1995: vCJD

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) (or 'Mad Cow Disease') is a thankfully rare condition causing brain damage in humans. Humans contracted the disease from eating the flesh of cows who have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Cows, who are herbivores, developed BSE after being fed the ground-up flesh and bones of animals, including sheep and other cows. In other words man caused the enforced atrocity of making cows become cannibals. 226 people have died of vCJD around the world.

1980s onwards: HIV 

HIV or 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus' is believed to most likely have originated from SIV or 'Simian Immunodeficiency Virus' and crossed over to humans through blood contamination whilst butchering non-human primates for human consumption. 

NOT JUST WET MARKETS IN ASIA! 

As the coronavirus outbreak took hold in Europe and North America, if you were following the pandemic news stories, or veganism issues, you would have witnessed opinions expressed that the problem was or is the way animals are exploited in some areas of Asia. Undoubtedly this is apparent. China have themselves created new laws stopping elements of trade of wildlife meats. As Vegans we can only be glad about this. It's what happens next though that we also want to create increased awareness of.

Viral pandemics won't just originate from wet markets in the future. MANKIND NEEDS TO LEARN, AND LEARN NOW. Don't be naive, Animal Agriculture and the Dairy Industries are not sanitary. The animals frequently live in squalor, they are most often kept in overcrowded facilities, standing in their own waste, causing diseases and ailments to run through livestocks. Look again at the diseases above: Swine flu, bird flu and vCJD didn't originate from Asian wet markets. In western culture we MUST understand that practices like feeding cows to cows is just so wrong, and that nature has a way of paying us back. 

 

"All human viral infections were initially zoonotic in origin. Animals will always provide a reservoir for viruses that could threaten human populations in the future". Jonathan Weber, FRCP, FRCPath, FmedSci, Keith Alcorn, Medical Writer. Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic - September 11-12, 2000, The Royal Society, London, United Kingdom

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