Animal mistreatment threatens public health - 11 July 2009
Animal mistreatment threatens public health.
Swine flu illness and fatalities continues to mount across the globe, with some 95,000 official cases reported in more than 132 nations. Over just the past week, the number of perished in Britain has more than doubled to 15 lives, with another 43 persons in intensive care. While there are at least 9,700 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, officials fear that accounting for all cases would yield a number that closer to 10 times higher. In London, the illness has reached such proportions that the announcement of an official epidemic is expected in the next few days.
This depleting illness originated in the cruel, filthy conditions of pig factory farms. In fact, most of the world’s deadliest viral outbreaks have evolved from the mistreatment of animals, including raising them for food in inhumane conditions where they live beak-to-beak, or snout-to-snout, unable to escape even their own feces.
Supreme Master Television recently spoke with Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture in the farm animal welfare division of the Humane Society of the US, and author “Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching.”
Dr. Greger (m): How we treat animals can have global public health implications. So for example, the emergence of the AIDS virus which has now killed 25 million people was from the bush meat trade in Africa. People killing wild animals including great apes for food.
The SARS virus was traced to these live animal markets in Asia. The spread of monkey pox for example was thanks to the exotic pet trade which spread monkey pox from the jungles of West Africa to Wisconsin in 2003.
There is the emergence of Nepa virus in Malaysia, the pig, pig factory farms. In 2005, the world’s largest of pork producer in China suffered an unprecedented outbreak of an emerging pig pathogen Strep. suis, the deadliest, largest outbreak in history.
The World Health Organization blamed these intensive confinement conditions. Never could that virus have emerged if it wasn’t for these intensive confinement conditions according to leaders in the field.
VOICE: Our gratitude Dr. Greger, Humane Society of the US and all others involved for your work and shared insights about the link between livestock raising and deadly viral infections, which have afflicted humans through history. We continue to be deeply concerned and saddened by the tolls of swine flu, and pray both for a rapid and full recovery for all those affected. May people everywhere meanwhile quickly adopt the life-promoting vegan organic lifestyle for the safety and well-being of all.