Starting today and throughout the weekend, a PETA awareness campaign is running on Avenue du Prado, the Corniche, around the Old Port and in other areas of the city. On the poster, a bat, a duck and a pig call out to passers-by: “Eating animals got us into this mess. Avoid another pandemic: go vegan ”.
Our consumption of animals is directly involved in the current situation. This is why, ahead of the Easter holidays, PETA calls for vegan meals to be favored in view of the close link between animal exploitation and pandemics.
As long as humans contain and consume animals, they risk triggering a new pandemic.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that about 75% of infectious diseases recently appeared in humans originate from other animals, and there are plenty of examples to illustrate that raising and consuming animals has dire consequences.
Mad cow disease, swine flu, bird flu (which ravaged our country this year and led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of ducks), SARS, HIV, foot-and-mouth disease and other zoonoses all originated in the capture or breeding of animals. The novel coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese live animal market, but when it comes to breeding dangerous pathogens, farms, markets and slaughterhouses are the same all over the world. They are fertile ground for the emergence of viruses and their mutation, making transmission to humans possible. The production and consumption of animal flesh has terrible consequences not only for sentient beings who are confined, abused and killed, but also for public health.
Our species will be better off when we begin to think of pigs as living things that love to play and cuddle their babies, and chickens as the caring mothers that they are. Like many other animals, cows have best friends, can solve critical thinking problems, and enjoy the company of caring humans. Ducks, on the other hand, are capable of abstract reasoning immediately after hatching, without training.
All animals value their lives and will do whatever they can to live free from harm. When we finally recognize the complexity of animal life and stop exploiting them, we will not only save animals, we will also reduce risks to our health and the environment.
There is no excuse for continuing to use animals for food.
As the French prepare to celebrate Easter and spend their holidays under new travel and gathering restrictions, it is up to each of us to act to prevent future health crises by leaving animals off our plates. .
Nobody needs to eat meat and the vegan food offer is richer today than ever. PETA offers a free “Budding Vegan Guide” with information, advice and recipes for anyone who does not wish to participate in the emergence of a new pandemic. Click the button below!