Day: May 11, 2020

Experts Warn – Intensive Animal Farming Is A Hotbed for Infectious Disease – But Will Governments Listen ?

Exclusive: ‘Zoonoses often take that route… and the more you have of a thing, the more that thing is going to be the likely conveyor,’ says UN environment chief


Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases in humans in the past decade – and risks starting new pandemics as animal markets have done, experts are warning.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases, such as Covid-19, which has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide.

And a separate report has cautioned that replacing Asia’s open-air slaughter markets with factory farming for meat would create similarly dangerous conditions for highly virulent flu strains to breed.

Valentina Rizzi, an expert in disease at the EFSA, said: “The diseases transmitted directly or indirectly from animals – including livestock – to humans are called zoonoses. A big proportion of all infectious diseases in humans are originating from animals, and more specifically the majority of emerging new infection in humans in the last 10 years really come from animals or food of animal origin.”

Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told One Earth: “The virus usually originates in the wild, is transmitted often by wild birds, bats etc into livestock – domesticated animals.

“We see it more frequently in pigs than poultry but you do see it elsewhere, too, in other animals. Of course we can’t deny that these zoonoses often take that route – this we know from science.

“And the probability is the more you have of a thing, the more that thing is going to be the likely conveyor.”


The UNEP warned in 2016 of new diseases from animals, amplified by the world’s rising population of livestock for meat and dairy.

Ms Andersen said the more we as consumers demand protein from livestock and meat, the more the market would respond.

The experts spoke out as governments worldwide are facing a clamour of calls to ban live animal slaughter markets, such as that in Wuhan, linked to the emergence of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization has been pressured to intervene.

The Independent‘s campaign Stop the Wildlife Trade is calling for the trade to be strictly controlled and regulated.

Viruses such as Covid-19 have been linked to street stalls in southeast Asia and India, where animals are susceptible to disease because the stress caused by such close confinement and the sight of others being slaughtered is believed to weaken their immune systems.

A new report, called Is the next Pandemic on our Plate?, says the similarly crowded conditions of industrial agriculture play a key role in the emergence of pathogens.


Peter Stevenson, chief policy adviser at Compassion in World Farming and author of the document, said policymakers “must resist arguments that wet markets should be replaced by factory farming, or that industrial farming is needed to provide cheap food to feed the growing world population”.

The paper sets out ways to switch to keeping animals in “health-oriented” systems in which the wellbeing of the animal is prioritised so stress and disease vulnerability are reduced.

Such systems would also mean less soil degradation, water pollution, biodiversity loss and deforestation, Mr Stevenson argues.

Food should be regarded as a public good, not as a tradeable commodity, according to the report, which suggests economic policies that would allow for sustainable agriculture and a “nutritious, equitable” food system.

Maintaining a flawed global food system can and will lead to further pandemics,” he said.

Earlier this week researchers led by the University of Sheffield and Bath warned that intensive farming, involving overuse of antibiotics, high numbers of animals, and low genetic diversity are hotbeds for pathogens to spread.


Killing for fun can never be a hobby – but a case for psychiatry.

The Swiss anti-hunting blog “Wild beim Wild” has done a study about the pseudo-hunter:

First we analyze what a hobby hunter is and then the pseudo hunter exactly.


According to Wikipedia, a hobby is a leisure activity that the person pursues voluntarily and regularly, which serves their own pleasure or relaxation and contributes to their own self-image, that is to say, forms part of their identity.

The word “hobby” is derived from the English hobby horse, which is translated as “hobby horse” in both meanings – children’s toys and leisure activities.

In our latitudes, hunting in the present is an activity that is mainly carried out in the free time by working people. The reason for this is that no one has to go hunting anymore to eat. The stone age is over.

Today, however, there is no ethics in favor of killing animals or eating meat, since we have been able to eat non-violently and healthily for a long time without having to go through the forest and fields in a murderous way.

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When people used to hunt, this was done with respect for life and only to feed their own clans. For fun, foxes, birds and the like were not killed because one felt bored, was looking for relaxation through a misunderstood experience of nature.

You can turn it around as you like, hunting in German-speaking countries mainly takes place in the free time. This is not an invention by radical animal rights activists, but simply a fact.
Hobby hunters will always remain amateurs because they are not professional hunters or professional game keepers.

A pensioner in a shooting club who spends many hours a day in the forest is also a hobby hunter because he does this in his spare time.


Both the hobby hunter (indoctrination) and the gamekeeper (scientific expertise) can be well trained. However, theory is not everything.

A gram of practice is worth more than tons of theories.

It would not come to anyone’s mind to give a grump tournament with amateur footballers a higher quality standard than the Champions League with professional footballers.
It is crystal clear that with professional gamekeepers a completely different level takes the place of hobby hunters.

Many hobby hunters are apparently already overwhelmed with these simple connections and have great difficulties in classifying them mentally.

Hobby hunters claim: “The term ” hobby-hunter “ was constructed by militant opponents of the hunt to disparage the demanding activity of hunters”.

Jäger am Tisch mit Hirschköpfe

Can he also prove this or is it just nonsense again?

In any case, there is nothing to complain about in the term “hobby hunter”, “leisure hunter”, “amateur hunter”, etc., because the term describes a factually precise and flawless fact.

The pseudo-hunter

Pseudo is often used to express that a person or thing only appears to be something or someone, which in reality is not.

Hobby hunters are not real hunters as we know them from natural people, but always pseudo-hunters, who in their free time simply pursue a decadent, sadistic or even cruel hobby, which the right hunters of the natural peoples never approve or would do.

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Today’s killing of animals by the modern hunter mainly results from greed, addiction, stupidity, enjoyment, indifference, anger, jealousy, pomposity, ostentation, showing off, jealousy, arrogance, ignorance, greed, selfishness, resentment and disregard for Living beings in general.

According to well-known scientists, researchers, wild biologists and case studies, it is easily possible and ethically responsible to leave game stocks in the modern, human-determined and designed environment.

The Canton of Geneva has known this modern wildlife management for over 40 years.
What hundreds of hobby hunters used to do badly, there is now done by a good dozen professional gamekeepers,do not massacre foxes, who intervene if necessary, and do not massacre foxes, badgers, birds and the like based on arbitrary hunting seasons or because of the joy of killing.

Behinderter Jäger im Rohlstuhl

For good reason, we don’t have pedophiles teaching in schools either, although they could certainly also perform “demanding” tasks.
However, both pedophiles and hobby hunters have a disturbed relationship with the social norm.

Both groups have always targeted the weakest in society in an unchristian way, to relax, switch off, be one with nature, etc.


das ist ein Jäger das ist ein Arschloch pgThis is a hunter                                                         This is an asshole


And I mean…Hunters kill for pleasure
Psychopaths too

What kind of person can enjoy taking the life of another living being?

Those who inflict pain and torture on defenseless animals with indifference also lose their humanity and compassion for their fellow human beings.

My best regards to all, Venus