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Report States Animal Farming Is The “Single Most Risky Human Behaviour”

by | July 16, 2020

A new report has called intensive animal farming the “single most risky human behaviour” when it comes to the potential for pandemics.

The report — which was published by global food awareness organization ProVeg International — has been backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“Increased Risk Of Pandemics”

“The ProVeg report clearly demonstrates the connection between industrial animal production and the increased risk of pandemics,” said Dr Musonda Mumba, chief of the terrestrial ecosystems unit of the UNEP, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“Never before have so many opportunities existed for pathogens to jump from wild and domestic animals to people.”

ProVeg International is now calling for urgent changes to the current global food system in order to protect against future outbreaks.

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ProVeg International has highlighted the risks of farming animals (C.Lotongkum/Shutterstock.com)

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Intensive Animal Farming

The report reveals that the destruction of natural habitats, the consumption of wild animals for food, and intensified animal agriculture, are a dangerous combination.

The figures show that approximately 75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin — known as zoonotic diseases.

Zoonotic diseases, such as Ebola, SARS, MERS, rabies, and some types of influenza, are known to cause at least 2.7 million human deaths every year.

“Recipe For Disaster”

“The recipe for disaster is surprisingly simple: one animal, one mutation, one human, and a single point of contact,” said Jens Tuider, international director of ProVeg International, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“There are so many reasons to move away from intensively farming animals – to tackle the climate crisis, to protect the environment, to combat antibiotic resistance, to protect our health, and for the welfare of animals.”

“But mitigating the risk of the next pandemic, which could have an even more devastating impact than COVID-19, is perhaps the most persuasive reason of all.”

Do you think global governments will begin to move away from animal agriculture to prevent another pandemic? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “Report States Animal Farming Is The “Single Most Risky Human Behaviour””

  1. Mandy Cotter
    July 17th, 2020 @ 5:51 am

    Yes, absolutely global governments should begin to move away from animal agriculture – and fast. Not just to prevent more pandemics (our abuse of animals has caused enough of those already and we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet) but also to save the planet. It’s the only planet we have, and humans are rapidly ruining, and destroying it – very largely by animal agriculture. WAKE UP GUYS!

  2. Alix Coe
    July 17th, 2020 @ 5:55 am

    Yes!

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