COVID-19 originated from Asia, however the next pandemic could begin in the U.S. Learn how scarily similar UNITED STATES factory farms are to Asia’s “wet markets”:
As you can plainly see, it’s not really a subject of if slaughterhouses and live-animal markets in the U.S. will trigger another pandemic but when.
Seriously, is it possible to give the difference between these scared chickens in cramped, filthy cages …
The chickens directly above were kept at a filthy egg factory farm in Oklahoma, as the ones above them were for sale at a blood-soaked “wet market” in Thailand-not that there’s much difference. And all these birds endured immensely-slaughtered chickens at a wet market in the Philippines …
… and birds at a Tyson Foods slaughterhouse, whose throats were manually cut by a worker because the mechanical blade missed them:
It doesn’t matter if we’re discussing a wet market, a normal factory farm, a “free-range” farm, an “organic and natural” farm, or any other animal agriculture operation-humans’ desire for foods for flesh and other animal-derived foods is killing more than the meat industry’s intended victims.
Wet Markets vs. Factory Farms: THAT HAPPEN TO BE Worse?
Many people are now acquainted with wet markets (also sometimes referred to as “live-animal markets”)-one where live and dead animals are sold for individual consumption-and their connection to the dry cough heard ’round the planet. Experts assume that the novel coronavirus originated at a wet market in Wuhan, China. But while bats and pangolins (who hitch rides on the mothers’ tails as pups in nature) will be the suspected reservoir species for COVID-19, deadly outbreaks like mad cow disease, avian flu, swine flu, and other zoonotic diseases have stemmed from farming domesticated (not wild or exotic) animals for food. Even more recent than the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. can be an avian flu (aka “bird flu”) outbreak in South Carolina-a week previously, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proved that highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza was discovered among turkeys being brought up for food. This strain reportedly mutated from a low pathogenic strain that had been previously determined in poultry in the same area.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T SHOP AT A WET MARKET DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU’RE SAFE FROM ZOONOTIC VIRUSES … OR ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA.
Farms crammed full of stressed animals are mating grounds for deadly pathogens, including influenza viruses, which have started in chickens and pigs. It’s these crowded, filthy conditions that breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria, too, also called “superbugs.”
Thinking about value antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
Whenever you get sick, the antibiotics approved by your doctor might not exactly work due to emergence of superbugs. On farms across the U.S., the antibiotics that we depend on to take care of human infections are actually used to keep cows, pigs, chickens, yet others alive in horrific conditions that could otherwise kill them and to fatten them before slaughter.
COUNTLESS NEW STRAINS OF ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA ARE SUFFERING FROM BECAUSE OF THIS ABUSIVE PRACTICE.
Antibiotic use is now more prevalent on farm prisons than in human being medicine. Roughly 80% of all antibiotics bought from the U.S. are given to animals on farms, who tend now the largest way to obtain drug-resistant bacteria. Practically 80% of most meat within U.S. food markets includes antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Findings indicate these drug-resistant genes spread more extensively and quickly on farms than researchers previously thought. Experts sounded the alarm on the meat industry, which includes tried out to downplay the concerns increased by experts, apparently deliberately putting the general public at risk to be able to protect its interests. One infectious disease physician who studies antibiotic-resistant pathogens, James Johnson, likened the pet agriculture industry and its own practice of “subverting public health” to the tobacco industry.
What about “antibiotic-free” labels?
Exactly like “organic,” “free-range,” and “cage-free” labels, “antibiotic-free” labels mean nothing to animals and are misleading to consumers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits that the “antibiotic-free” label is not approved by the USDA and that it “does not have any clear indicating.” Furthermore, “antibiotic-free” meat is not necessarily free from antibiotic-resistant bacteria: “All animals carry bacteria in their gut, and some of these can be resistant germs,” the CDC website warns.
THINGS FOR ANIMALS ON FARMS-AND FOR THE HUMANS WHO EAT THEM-ARE ONLY EXPECTED TO GET WORSE.
The US has called the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs “the biggest threat to modern medicine.” It’s anticipated that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant bacteria will kill one individual every three seconds. In fact, some studies claim that by this time around, more people will be dying of antibiotic-resistant diseases than of heart disease-which is the main killer of humans on earth and kills one individual every 37 seconds in the U.S. alone.
We’ve already seen these superbugs express by means of global health pandemics. The 2009 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, for example, only saw humans infected, but the virus included genes from humans, birds, and pigs-it was a “quadruple-reassortant virus,” meaning that it covered genes from four different influenza virus sources. Putting it simple, if there have been no animal agriculture, it’s likely that neither “classical swine H1N1” viruses nor this year’s 2009 H1N1 flu virus (which apparently infected about 1.4 billion people and killed between 151,700 and 575,400 worldwide) could have existed.
THE ONLY PATH TO AVOID FARM-TO-TABLE PANDEMICS IS FOR EVERYBODY TO VISIT VEGAN AND SHUT DOWN ANIMAL-FARMING OPERATIONS.
So while we ought to certainly call for a global ban on wet markets …
… we ought to also crack down on all the industries that abuse, neglect, and slaughter animals. We can’t afford to hold back for another H1N1 flu or coronavirus. Please, ban meat, eggs, and dairy from your plate-before another deadly zoonotic disease hits: