Swine Flu and What It Might Have to Do With You
The swine-flu epidemic has already taken the lives of at least 39 people in the UK and infected so many others that half of the UK’s intensive-care beds are currently occupied by victims of the virus. One of the most likely sources for this – and other life-threatening animal-borne diseases which crop up time and time again – is factory farms.
Cramming animals by the hundreds or thousands into gigantic, windowless sheds is a recipe for spreading virulent diseases, such as bird flu, mad cow disease and, yes, swine flu. Factory farms are a breeding ground for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses, which is why pigs and other animals are fed a steady diet of drugs to keep them alive in such unsanitary and stressful conditions. This in turn, increases the chances of drug-resistant superbugs developing.
It’s common knowledge that eating meat is linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer, but factory farming also threatens the health of everyone on the planet by providing a breeding ground for diseases that could end up being the death of us all.
I think The PETA Files summed it up perfectly: “We can stop pigs from killing us if we simply stop killing them”.