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Eating Meat Could Spark ‘World-Changing Pandemic That Makes Covid-19 Look Like A Dress Rehearsal’, Scientists Warn

'There will be more pandemics, and there is a feeling among some scientists that this could just be a dress rehearsal for the real big pandemic'

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Eating meat could cause a world-changing pandemic ‘that makes COVID-19 look like a dress rehearsal’, scientists warn. 

The group of researchers who made the statement are from the University of the Free State in South Africa. They say the human demand for affordable meat on a regular basis creates ‘the perfect breeding ground for more diseases. 

‘There will be more pandemics’

Professor Robert Bragg is a researcher in the Department of Microbial, Biochemical, and Food Biotechnology. 

In a statement sent to PBN, he said: “There will be more pandemics, and there is a feeling among some scientists that this could just be a dress rehearsal for the real big pandemic. 

“Many virologists, including me, have been predicting an influenza pandemic for many years. Mankind has been warned about the coming pandemics for many years. But, people seem to want to listen only when they are in the midst of a pandemic.”

“The bird-flu virus, Influenza H5N1, has a mortality rate of around 60-65 percent, but it has not yet developed human-to-human transmission. “

Bragg then added: “If this virus does develop human-to-human transmission, we could be in for a really serious pandemic!”

‘We should not blame ‘exotic’ eating practices, but look at our own’.

‘Demand for meat’

Moreover, Natural and Agricultural Sciences professor Aliza le Roux adds: “Our demand for meat is driving cheaper and less controlled agricultural practices, cramming more animals into smaller spaces, feeding them less and less natural fodder. 

“Remember mad cow disease? Have you seen chicken batteries? We should not blame ‘exotic’ eating practices, but look at our own.

“If we could see eating meat as a ‘treat’ and not a daily ‘right’, we can reduce pressure on the environment and reduce the speed at which another zoonotic virus can evolve.”

‘Mistreatment of animals’

Bragg also points out that there are many examples of ‘serious’ human pandemics that have spread from animals to humans. 

“Another good example is the Ebola virus, which has also been traced to people eating bats in Africa,” he explains.

“Yet another example is HIV, which is believed to have spread to man as a result of the consumption of chimpanzee meat.

“The most serious has been the 1918 Spanish flu, which started off in pigs and spread to man. All of these have to do with the mistreatment of animals by man.”

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Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago

Eating meat won’t start any pandemic! Producing it the way we do, in a vastly overpopulated world with unrestricted travel almost certainly will.

rodentx2
rodentx2
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

But eating meat fuels the DEMAND for its production! Think of the “production” a/k/a commercial ANIMAL ABUSE needed to meet the demand of 8 BILLION humans!

Tarine
Tarine
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

News flash we do produce it the way we do that’s why we have a pandemic rn

SRM
SRM
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Unfortunately your two conclusions contradict each other and therefore cancel each other out

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  SRM

No contradictions, completely in line with current scientific thinking.

approveds
approveds
1 year ago

Yes meat also causes cancers, heart problems and strokes.

Seth Akers
Seth Akers
1 year ago

What a load of crap

SRM
SRM
1 year ago
Reply to  Seth Akers

Yes, meat consumption is indeed a load of crap

Timothy John Anderson
Timothy John Anderson
1 year ago

Not exactly research and no big deal to say there will be more pandemics given a history of them. Such a short article lacking detail, not even mentioning antibiotics resistant bugs.

Rescue Rhonda
Rescue Rhonda
1 year ago

The 1918 pandemic actually is believed to have avian origins.

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