For Immediate Release:
15 April 2020
Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]
Dr Kiran Ahuja; [email protected]
The Group Says Ending Meat Consumption Is Critical Piece to Fit Into Efforts to Curb Future Zoonotic Diseases
New Delhi – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (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. PETA India designed a unique jigsaw puzzle that illustrates the link between animal agriculture and deadly pandemics – from SARS to Ebola to avian and swine flus – and the puzzle includes tips to help people go vegan.
“To save our own lives and prevent future pandemics, we must shut down filthy live-animal markets, slaughterhouses, and factory farms, where pathogens that cross the species barrier thrive,“ says PETA India‘s vegan outreach coordinator Dr Kiran Ahuja. “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.“
As a result of 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 others 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.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat“ and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75% of recent infectious diseases affecting humans began in animals.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.