Coronavirus and our appetite for animals

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The Coronavirus is taking over the world and generating panic around the globe. People are becoming hysterical, emptying the shelves at the supermarkets, filling trolleys with toilet paper, beans, pasta and rice while stocking up for the Armageddon. There's constant, massive queues at the supermarkets, a shortage of toilet paper (we somehow seem to think that toilet rolls can be used as a shield against the virus, and that being quarantined means we can't leave the house unless we need to take the children to school, go to a football match or a shopping centre, or to the cinema...). But what people are either forgetting or ignoring is this: where the virus started and especially why it started.

I am not trying to discredit the severity of the virus; if anything, maybe it's my inner anger speaking louder than it should, but the truth is humans brought this upon themselves. And I find it hilarious, in a sarcastic way. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we deserve what's happening to us as it is a direct reflection of our actions and carelessness about the environment and animals, and I have no doubts in my mind that history will keep repeating itself until we learn!

I read somewhere that if the world reacted to climate change the way it is reacting to the Coronavirus, things would look dramatically different. And I hate to break it to you, but our appetite for animals and meat is to blame for the Coronavirus outbreak. It is not just a coincidence that Coronavirus is an anagram of Carnivorous. The virus can be traced back to wildlife markets, and it is important to note that these animals alone do not cause the transfer of the Coronavirus to humans. COVID-19 was transferred by human interference with animals. It's the capturing, the slaughtering, selling, trading and consumption of wildlife that are to blame, not the animals themselves. These actions are disrupting ecosystems and destroying forests, which all contribute to the risks of novel deadly microbes spreading into human populations.

China has ordered a temporary ban on the wildlife markets and consumption of wildlife associated with the outbreak, but this only means that we will TEMPORARILY not have another outbreak of Coronavirus or any other similar pandemic.

Then, of course, there's the antibiotics problem. According to the FDA, 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S are used for animal farming. In Europe alone, animals consume more antibiotics than humans. (Read that again...). The use of antibiotics in animal farming is driving the rise of resistant bacteria, as we are giving animals antibiotics just to fatten them up and make sure they survive just long enough until we kill them for food. Ultimately, our exploitation of non-human animals has created the Coronavirus. And this is where my inner anger is coming from. I find it hilarious that people around me are panicking, only to go home and enjoy a steak on the grill. The irony is undeniable. I just can't fathom how people still aren't making that connection...what else would have to happen in order for us to change the food we eat?

We are eating our way to extinction, and we need to wake up. Eating animals will be the death of us. If you think the Coronavirus is bad, please know that this is probably just the start. Things will continue to get worse until we start making dramatic changes to our lifestyles and to the food we eat. It's high time we listened to the warnings and put a halt to wildlife markets.

'We are all animals'.



You're exactly right Mariana. One would like to hope, in a perfectly rational world, that this would be a huge wake-up call for the average Joe to re-examine his lifestyle and to really take the science and warnings seriously going forward now, which would be wonderful. But sadly it seems like people are not capable of making these connections in their well-established cognitive dissonance. It feels really, really bleak and it's hard to have any "feel-good" stories coming out of this, hopefully I'm wrong, but I just question where people are at mentally, they seem to exist in their own, simple electronic echo-chambers, and as a literary character I like, Jack Reacher, would put it, can't see "the forest for the trees, the forest for the trees" They can't see the forest for the trees, and see holistically the big picture, and just use logic to solve any problems, it's really getting weird now, it's like a sci-fi horror story in some ways, interestingly, Dean Koontz imagined decades ago in a story a supervirus, and believe it or not, he called it "Wuhan-400".
It's funny because I did some research as well and it seems that Nostradamus predicted this as well. Sure, each person can interpret his words in different ways, but the concerning thing is the way people are panicking when they created the problem to begin with. But they don't seem to worry or care about that second part. Nostradamus wrote:

'The sloping park great calamity
Through the Lands of the West and Lombardy
The fire in the ship, plague and captivity
Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading.'

I saw an interpretation of this on twitter, where the 'sloping park' could be the Hankou Jiangtan Park in Wuhan that has sloped to the river waterfront where people can walk into the water. The 'Lands of the West and Lombardy' could be referring to Europe, Australasia, America and Italy (Lombardy). The 'fire in the ship' could be interpreted as a symbol of trade, commerce and wealth; and the plague would obviously be referring to the virus. Captivity could even mean the city lockdowns.

I find it so interesting to read and interpret these Authors. Not at all related, but I also recently started reading Faust by Goethe which I also love, but once I'm done with it I guess I will try to get my hands on some of Nostradamus' work, because I find them fascinating!