Today (February 9, 2021), the World Health Organization (WHO) wrapped up its investigation in China into the origins of COVID-19.
According to reports, the WHO’s team of experts from 10 countries concluded that it’s “highly unlikely” the virus leaked from a nearby laboratory, and is most likely to have jumped from a non-human animal to a human.
WET MARKETS: The WHO team spent time researching a particular market in Wuhan, but has not yet determined the specific animal or location where the virus first jumped from animals to humans.
However, judging from the significant role that animal farming has played in the mutation of respiratory diseases in the past decade, it would be no surprise if live animal markets, also known as wet markets, played a role (!!) in the evolution of the virus from animals to humans.
Last year, with the help of local Chinese activists, our investigators went to wet markets in China and documented that, despite promises from the government, many of these live animal markets were still operating business as usual.
Footage reveals living and dead animals in close proximity to humans and in extreme confinement and unsanitary conditions—the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases to emerge.
Now, over half a million people have signed our petition asking the United Nations to call for a ban on wet markets that sell live and dead animals.
Not only are wet markets that sell and slaughter animals extremely dangerous, but they’re also horrific places for the animals who are kept in squalor and killed typically without stunning and in full view of each other.
INDUSTRIAL FARMS: Like wet markets, industrial farms pose a great risk to public safety and are a living nightmare for the animals in them.
While COVID-19 may not have started on a farm, many other infectious diseases developed in humans as a result of animal agriculture, such as SARs, H1N1, Swine Flu, and Q Fever, to name a few.
And just recently, a new respiratory disease was discovered in The Netherlands that could’ve originated in goats. If animal cruelty alone isn’t enough, these deadly outbreaks should be a wake-up call for change.
It’s only a matter of time before the next pandemic originates from a factory farm, and there’s no telling how widespread it will become.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Whether in China or here in the United States, raising and killing animals for food is a dangerous and cruel business.
The good news is that we all have the power to help stop it.
Every time you choose a plant-based food option over an animal-derived one, you’re doing your part to reduce the demand, and thus reducing the number of animals held in extreme confinement on farms.
Now more than ever, going vegan is the best decision for humans, animals, and the future of our planet.
MAKE A CHANGE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
Try vegan and sign our Petition to close live-animal markets
And I mean…So it’s clear the virus did not come from a lab. Did they get any evidence of where it did come from?
Quote from the interview with NPR’s global health correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff in the NPR newspaper:“ So the team says the most likely hypothesis is that the virus started in a bat, jumped into an intermediate host, like a pangolin or mink, and then into humans. And exactly what animal that is and where that happened is still a big mystery. However, they said the pandemic did not start in the Huanan Seafood Market.
The virus was already circulating before then. And so they’re trying to figure out how the virus got to the market. And one possibility, they said, could be frozen foods “ (we have to stop eating pizza)
The interview ends like this: “This investigation has raised more questions than it has answered”.
Therefore we feel enlightened and safe, and we rely on research!
Nowadays, anyone who thinks they are well, comprehensively, and diversely informed is sleeping the sleep of the just.
In the medium and long term, a rude awakening is almost inevitable.
My best regards to all, Venus