‘Factory farms and wildlife markets…provide a fertile environment for the transmission of viruses’
The public is being urged to go vegan in a bid to prevent future pandemic crises like the coronavirus.
The coronavirus is believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Since then it has spread worldwide killing almost 230,000 people globally.
‘Risk of future pandemics’
An open letter released today, signed by a host of experts, scientists, and campaigners, highlights the link between animal use and the transmission of diseases, saying some three in four of new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals, mainly from wildlife trade and factory farming.
Illnesses including SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola, and AIDS originated in animals. Diseases that spread from animals to humans are known as zoonotic diseases.
The letter warns that taken together, 56 zoonotic diseases are responsible for an estimated 2.5 billion cases of human illness and 2.7 million deaths a year – and that ‘humanity will always be at risk to future pandemics while factory farms and wildlife markets continue’.
“Across the globe animals are kept in horrific conditions in factory farms and wildlife markets. These settings provide a fertile environment for the transmission of viruses between different species and humans” the letter reads.