PETA India has created a new product to help people keep busy during the lockdown: an informative exercise that offers food for thought on preventing more pandemics. Its first recipient, as soon as postal services resume, will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
We designed a unique jigsaw puzzle that illustrates the link between animal agriculture and deadly pandemics – from SARS and Ebola to swine flu and bird flu – and the puzzle includes tips to help people go vegan.
Social distancing is vital, but PETA India is urging everyone to save their own lives, animals’ lives, and the planet by rejecting all animal-derived foods. Because of insatiable human demand for meat, eggs, and dairy, huge numbers of animals are reared in vast warehouses by the hundreds, thousands, or even millions in intensive confinement.
Chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals are crammed together in small cages or faeces-ridden sheds, transported in filthy trucks, and slaughtered on killing floors soaked with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. Many animals are sold for fresh meat at live-animal markets in India, China, and other countries around the world. Pathogens flourish in such conditions, making crowded farms and live-animal markets breeding grounds for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses.
Scientists overwhelmingly believe that the viruses that cause COVID-19 and SARS were transmitted to humans through China’s live-animal markets, while swine flu and bird flu regularly plague factory farms.
Here’s how you can help animals during the current lockdown: