Millions of Chinese locked down! Twenty-five countries affected! Twelve confirmed cases in the U.S.! These dramatic headlines announce one more pandemic caused by our abuse of animals.

Indeed, 61% of the 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans originate with animals. These so-called zoonetic diseases, claiming millions of human lives, include Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, West Nile flu, bird flu, swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola, HIV, SARS, and yellow fever. The pandemic “Spanish” flu of 1918 may have killed as many as 50 million people worldwide. 

Western factory farms and Asian street markets are virtual breeding grounds for infectious diseases. Sick, crowded, highly stressed animals in close contact with raw flesh, feces, and urine provide ideal incubation media for viruses. As these microbes reach humans, they mutate to defeat the new host’s immune system, then propagate on contact.

Each of us can help end these deadly pandemics by replacing animal products in our diet with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These foods don’t carry flu viruses, or government warning labels, are touted by every major health advocacy organization, and were the recommended fare in the Garden of Eden. The internet offers ample recipes and transition hints.

Boris Stutenheim

Baytown

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(2) comments

rmartin

Hey Boris your idea is to get rid of animals? So much for Noah's ark. That will go over like a lead balloon...

baytownbert

Apparently, this fellow feels very strongly about animals not being food, or even coming in close proximity to them. I believe in moderation myself. However, I will defend his right to state his opinion, unlike a certain faction of this country that if they don't want it, they want to outlaw the rest of us having it. Keep writing. You may sway some folks away from eating animals. I like animal meat, but I don't eat every animal I see.

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