Following bird flu outbreaks in Bokaro and Ranchi, PETA India has erected a warning billboard in Ranchi to save the lives of humans and chickens. The billboard aims to educate the public that egg and chicken meat production contributes to the spread of H5N1 and other deadly bird flus.
H5N1 bird flu is fatal to 60% of humans who contract it. The United Nations warns that eggs can “contain viruses in the egg-white and yolk as well as on the surface of the shell”. Live poultry markets, such as those found all over India, are believed to be a major source of H5N1 infections in humans, and it is common to see sick chickens in these markets. On the subject of bird flu outbreaks in different parts of the world, the World Organisation for Animal Health says, “The current situation highlights the risk that H5N1 avian influenza may become better adapted to mammals, and spill over to humans and other animals.”
In addition to helping fight infectious diseases, people who eat vegan reduce their risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Vegan meals also spare animals immense suffering. In today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries, huge numbers of animals are raised in vast warehouses in severe confinement. Chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, while male chicks are commonly burned, drowned, crushed, fed live to fish, or killed in other cruel ways because they cannot lay eggs. Cows are forcibly separated from their beloved calves for dairy, piglets are castrated without painkillers on farms, and fish are cut open while they’re still alive for food.
Because of the unhygienic and stressful conditions that many chickens raised for meat and eggs are forced to endure, chicken farms are often rife with diseases. Choose vegan foods to prevent future pandemics.Go Vegan!