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World Leaders Urged To ‘Stop Ignoring Root Cause Of Pandemics’ And Address Risks Of Factory Farming

'It's become clear, that for complex matters of animal health, pharmaceutical responses are not the sole and long-term solution'


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World leaders are being urged to ‘stop ignoring the root cause of pandemics’ and address the risks of factory farming

Chiefs from organizations such as The World Health Organization (WHO) and The United Nations (UN) received a letter from FOUR PAWS.

It highlights how around 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases such as SARS come from animals – and that zoonoses cause a staggering one billion cases of illness in people and millions of deaths every year.

A ‘dysfunctional relationship’

“It’s become clear, that for complex matters of animal health, pharmaceutical responses are not the sole and long-term solution,” the letter reads.

“Instead, more must be done to address the dysfunctional relationship between humans, animals, and nature.”

FOUR PAWS says the conditions that a ‘huge proportion of animals’ are raised in ‘encourage pathogen excretion and uptake’.

Moreover, it says these ‘cramped and overcrowded’ environments create ‘an ideal situation for the exchange, genetic modification, and emergence of new pathogens’. 

Prevent future pandemics

The letter continues: “While the recent outbreak was most likely from a live market… These conditions are reflected in almost every large-scale trade of animals.

“In light of the pandemic, your roles have become more relevant than ever. You can prescribe the necessary pathways to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks. 

“This must cut across all sectors and societies as outlined in the points below. It’s imperative that we address the unsustainable use, financing, and promotion of animal exploitation. When they suffer, we suffer.”

Risks of factory farming

Moreover, the letter demands leaders to ban several practices such as fur farming, wet markets. And, calls for ‘a crackdown on risks created by factory farming’.

It also calls on the organizations to acknowledge the importance of reducing meat consumption. Citing both public health risks and the climate crisis.

You can read the full letter here

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1 year ago

Plant based diet is not a solution for everyone unfortunately. Cultured and clean meats are the only way to kill factory farming and other traditional methods for good.

1 year ago
Reply to  johnson

Plant-based meat alternatives are just as good or better than the “cultured” or “clean meats.”

The irony of the Clean Meat lobby is that it has chosen to belittle veganism and animal advocacy at a time of growing public interest in plant-based foods.

“Alternative proteins — from insects to legumes to cell cultures — are not something to view as a replacement for animal proteins, but just another competitor in a huge global protein market.” — “How Alternative Proteins Can Support the Animal Agriculture Industry,” Tri-State Livestock News, March 2019.

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1 year ago
Reply to  johnson

Independent, peer reviewed, placebo controlled scientific studies show that plant-based lifestyles are beneficial to human life. Anecdotal information along with the propaganda distributed by the meat and dairy industry have brainwashed people into believing that humans need to eat and drink animal products. The science shows otherwise. Take the time to do the research to gather the facts and decide which is right for you.

1 year ago

I know the benefits of a plant based diet. I’m just saying it’s not realistic to expect over 6 billion people to switch to a plant based diet especially poor people including third world countries. Also everyone says go vegan and save the planet but wtf do you eat? Can’t eat fruit and veggies all day. I see so many people trying to convert and end up going back because they are always so hungry. Eating plant based meats are not a solution because they are full of unnecessary questionable ingredients.

Plant based diet may work for some people but the real solution is cultured meat for everyone else. And next time you suggest someone go vegan give them tips on what they can eat.