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'.