Many pandemics that humans are victims of, especially the most deadly ones, can be traced back to the consumption of animals. HIV or AIDS, BSE or the mad cow disease, Nipah, H1N1 or the swine flu, SARS, avian influenza, MERS-CoV, the Ebola virus, and now COVID-19, are all zoonoses (diseases that animals spread to humans). The coronavirus has already killed thousands of people throughout the world, harming governments, the health system, and the safety of the planet’s populations.
There is no doubt that it is important to take measures to contain the epidemic. Measures that can prevent such pandemics are even more important. Governments, the media, and the population now must be more and better informed of the reality of these diseases, and especially of their common denominator: excessive and thoughtless consumption of animals.
H5N1 (1997): Global analysis reveals that risk factors of outbreaks include domestic poultry farming.
BSE (1996): Most detected cases of vCJD were caused by the consumption of bovine products contaminated by the infectious agent BSE.
HIV (1981): It is believed that AIDS originated in Africa, where a number of primates host SIV, which is similar to the HIV virus.
MERS (2012): The consumption of camel meat or milk is one of the main transmission paths of the virus.
H1N1 (2009): The virus was transmitted to humans from pigs kept in factory farms.
SARS (2002): The virus is suspected to have originated from bats, but due to animal trade it was transmitted from masked palm civets to humans.
Ebola (1976): Frugivore bats are considered the natural host of this virus.
Nipah (1998): In particular, the intensive farming of pigs has proven to be a critical factor in human infection.
Fondation Franz Weber is launching a monographic information campaign on the worst epidemics and pandemics that have affected humanity the last few years. They all can be traced back to the consumption of animals!
For this campaign, we are preparing fact sheets on each disease, their political and economic consequences, the decisions governments have taken to contain or prevent them, as well as a series of articles, documentaries, and studies to disseminate this information. Our teams are already working with scientists, journalists, economists, jurists, sociologists, psychologists, and political experts.
In each file, we will also include opinion pieces, scientific reports, and interviews conducted with experts from various fields. The idea is to obtain a protein transition by sending these comprehensive files—translated into four languages—to governments all over the world, and to let media access them.
Prevent pandemics, instead of combating them
Provide comprehensive information to the population on the consequences of a diet that is mainly based on animal protein
Have governments all over the world conduct public policies to support the conversion of intensive farming companies, which endanger our health and survival
Give the media access to technical material to disseminate this information to society at large
Prevent the overexploitation of animals in intensive farms
Avoid capturing wild animals for consumption
Improve the health of the planet, by dismantling the intensive farming industry, and by no longer removing animals from their natural habitats