The coronavirus pandemic focuses our consideration on the hyperlink between cleanliness and avoidance of illness. As a lot as attainable, persons are sanitizing their palms, social distancing, and protecting their faces to forestall the virus from spreading. But most individuals devour merchandise from chickens and different animals who’ve spent their life in polluted, overcrowded amenities.
Infectious microbes are drawn to inhabitants density, grime, and weakened immune methods – the right circumstances by which to unfold in animals and people alike.
One of many worst issues we do to animals in industrial farming is to forestall them from training hygiene.
When chickens come to our sanctuary from a confinement facility, their first act in being positioned on the bottom is to take a dustbath. They instinctively need to clear their pores and skin and feathers with particles of earth. This, for them, is similar to a waterbath for us.
Forcing animals to reside in filth and breathe air rife with pathogens is an expertise they’d not select on their very own.
Recognizing the significance of hygiene and staying wholesome, we have to do not forget that the identical hyperlink between well being and hygiene applies to different species. Animals in nature would by no means survive in the event that they carried the load of ailments and immunological weaknesses that characterize trendy farmed animals.
Allow us to think twice about our meals selections. A plant-based food regimen freed from animal merchandise is more and more fascinating and obtainable in in the present day’s society. Whereas offering a chance for a extra peaceable world, it is usually an clever meals security selection.
A plant-based food regimen is not going to sacrifice jobs or harm the financial system. So long as individuals exist, the identical quantity of meals will likely be produced and consumed. Simply because we cease consuming animal merchandise doesn’t imply we cease consuming.
Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Issues, Machipongo