The deadly virus that few people are talking about….

Posted on the 15th January 2021

When reported in the media, the focus for avian flu invariably tends to be on the human health impacts of the virus being negligible.

Food standards bodies advise that avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers, with the consumption of poultry products including eggs still being encouraged… BUT what of the many thousands of farmed chickens, geese, turkeys or indeed the many species of wild birds who have been victims of the virus? Let’s take a look:

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The featured infographic focuses on the situation up until the end of December 2020.

More than 60 percent of almost 1,500 known human pathogens are thought to have originated in animals with three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases also coming from animals. In recent years, animal farming has brought us outbreaks of BSE, bovine TB, foot and mouth, bird flu, swine flu, campylobacter, salmonella and many more devastating diseases. No wonder the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that global industrial meat production poses a serious threat to human health.

There’s no going back, we can only travel forwards, we absolutely have to fix our broken food system and make good our relationship with non-human animals, if we are to collectively survive.

Please do read and share this report widely to help raise awareness and encourage movement in a better direction.

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