Stop Eating Meat To Stop Pandemics

Our backs are literally against the wall as we anxiously wait the next 18-24 months for a Band-Aid. The novel coronavirus vaccine will not address the root cause of most deadly pandemics that grow stronger in succession. Being inoculated is not a cure for the problem.

The most significant action you can take to stop the infectious spread of zoonotic viruses and diseases is to stop eating animals. The Spanish Flu of 1918, AIDS, Mad Cow Disease, Avian Flu, Swine Flu, H1N1, SARS and COVID-19 are viruses that were transmitted from animals to humans.

Just as second hand smoke causes cancer and kills nonsmokers, these virulent viruses kill people like me who don’t eat animals. And just like it’s selfish for people to smoke thinking that they are only harming themselves, those who continue to eat animals are selfishly causing illness and death to people who do not eat animals.

Pinning all your hopes on a coronavirus vaccine is false hope because you’re only addressing the symptom, not the cause. Plus, the virus after COVID-19 will be even deadlier.

If you want a true and lasting vaccine to prevent killer viruses, stop killing and eating animals

Karma: the law of cause and effect. Vegans have been abuzz this weekend after Bill Maher closed his Friday night show (“Real Time”) with an astute commentary about the cruel and unethical treatment of animals and the evils of factory farming that brought on the coronavirus pandemic.

Filmmaker Michael Moore was everywhere in the media this week saying the same things while supporting the release of an Earth Day documentary. Also this week, vegan actor-activists Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara wrote a powerful Op-Ed published in the Washington Post.

Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara

As we remain confined to our homes, I view all this mainstream media coverage shining light on the cause and effect of eating and mistreating animals with both optimism and pessimism.

On the positive, the irrefutable message is getting out and since so many lives and livelihoods have been lost and/or permanently altered, surely significant change must occur in how and what humans eat after COVID-19. On the flip side, even though most people know that health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease come from eating animals and animal products, the majority refuse to change.

It was karma that led to thousands of meat-processing slaughterhouse workers getting infected by the virus in massive numbers this week leading to factory closures. They, like the animals raised for food, are tightly crammed in confined quarters making the spread of disease fast and merciless, just like the disease-infested animals people eat.

Sadly, the majority of the population will likely continue eating meat despite the overt karmic effects. The lessons about the consequences of our actions against animals are abundant, ubiquitous and impossible to ignore, including in the form of global warming that is limiting the time left for humans to occupy this planet of ours.

Is your fleshy meal really worth all this senseless and unnecessary death and destruction? I’m with people like Moore who say emphatically that we cannot go back to the way things were pre-virus. It’s time for radical change in how and what we eat. Otherwise, the karma-producing causes that lead to death-producing effects shall continue.

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