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Activists Stage “Eating Animals Causes Pandemics” Rally in NYC

May 2, 2021 by Leave a Comment


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On May 1st, dozens of conservationists and animal rights activists staged a rally in Times Square to help members of the public connect the dots between eating animals and pandemics. Their message was simple: “Eating Animals Causes Pandemics.” The New York City rally was one of approximately 60 that took place in 20 countries around the world in support of International Pandemic Outreach Day.

The Eating Animals Causes Pandemics campaign is a collaboration among animal rights, environmental, conservation and religious organizations. It emerged as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, which is believed to have jumped to humans in a live animal market in China. Like many of the pandemics that preceded it, including the catastrophic Spanish Flu of 1918, COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease — one that is transmitted to humans from a non-human animal.

On International Pandemic Outreach Day, advocates in New York City spoke to hundreds of pedestrians whose attention they captured with their hazmat suits and posters. Most were not aware that outbreaks of avian flu, swine flu and a human version of mad cow disease are caused by our consumption of chickens, pigs and cows.

Factory farms are a breeding ground for infectious diseases, which could easily spread among the animals and, if zoonotic, to humans

The COVID-19 pandemic shined a global spotlight on the infectious disease risks associated with live animal markets, but zoonotic diseases can – and do – emerge in factory farms, slaughterhouses and any other setting where animals are intensively confined and/or slaughtered for human consumption. Dr. Michael Gregor, the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching (2016) has said, “If you actually want to create pandemics, then build factory farms.”

Conservationists and animal rights activists staged a rally in Times Square to raise awareness about the connection between eating animals and pandemics



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  1. Bacon Cheeseburger says:

    Wow Joan;you would figure people who cared about animals would care about dieing Embryos too.

  2. JOAN SILACO says:

    TO ALL THE NAYSAYERS! WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH HERE! IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT ABORTION, THEN TELL THE MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE, TO EITHER HAVE NO SEX, OR GET NEUTERED! YOU ARE DIRECTING YOUR DISPLEASURE AT THE WRONG PARTY, BUT YOU ALWAYS DO THAT, BECAUSE ITS EASIER FOR YOU TO SHOUT OUT AT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO SAY IN THE PRIVATE MATTER OF WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THEIR OWN BEDROOM!!! STOP BLAMING ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN CAUSE!

  3. Bacon Cheeseburger says:

    Hey ahimsa42

    Do you know how many lives we can save if we outlawed abortion?

  4. John Paul says:

    I ate a nice peace of steak last night and I am not sick not have COVID.

  5. ahimsa42 says:

    “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.” ― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

    “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the devil in human form.” — William Ralph Inge

    “If the world were to follow a plant-based diet and avoided the consumption of meat and other animal-based products such as milk and eggs, there would be over 8 million fewer annual deaths by 2050, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, trillions of dollars would be saved annually in healthcare costs and reduced climate damage.

    Adopting a vegan diet would prevent 8.1 million fewer people from dying each year due to decreased health issues, the study found. It would also lead to a decrease of food-related emissions by a whopping 70%.

    Researchers also found that the world switching to a vegan diet could save up to $31 trillion per year on healthcare costs, a reduction of unpaid care and lost working days, and the economic benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

  6. ahimsa42 says:

    “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

  7. Bacon Cheeseburger says:

    You know what also kills humans? Abortions.

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