Coronavirus = Second hand meat Virus – Does Our Survival Depend on Veganism Going Viral?
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FROM Carissa Kranz,
March 2020

For centuries, we have plagued humankind with deadly airborne viruses that trace back to the exploitation of animals for meat. Is this the Law of Unintended Consequences in play?

COVID-19 virus

“I woke up feeling like I’d smoked 60 cigarettes in the last hour” says Mikey Smith, Mirror’s political correspondent, who is currently at home in quarantine with the suspected and dreaded coronavirus.

Coronavirus is a highly contagious, deadly respiratory virus that is now a global pandemic. Those who have contracted the virus liken the severe respiratory symptoms to that of heavy smoking. Every single human being’s life on this planet is at risk of contracting the deadly virus just by walking out your front door, and sharing airspace with the rest of the world.

This poses some interesting legal questions: What’s our fundamental right to clean air, as the world walks around in masks? What’s our fundamental right to life, as the death toll increases? What’s our fundamental right to liberty, as we are forced into quarantine? Can we demand clean air laws or meat-free laws, like we have smoke-free laws? Do vegans and vegetarians, which make up about 10% of our global population, have legal rights under the Clean Air Act or Environmental Protection Act? Are personal civil liberties undermined so long as “wet markets” (aka local slaughterhouses) and diseased factory farms remain open?

In these times, we are all consciously aware of unsanitary conditions. We are wearing masks and gloves and wiping everything down with Clorox. We are isolating ourselves from others and germs. As capital markets shut down, global live animal meat markets and slaughterhouses remain open to ensure no food shortages. But do we realize that in our quest for survival we are feeding and funding the very industry that is known to give birth to these deadly airborne viral pandemics?

Slaughterhouses are cesspools for feces, blood, guts, disease, urine. What else is there? As slaughterhouses remain open, what other health risks are there? Is it worth taking any more chances?

History has shown us time and time again that slaughterhouses and “wet markets” are unsanitary cesspools for bacteria to incubate and mutate into deadly human viruses. For centuries, we have plagued humankind with deadly airborne viruses that trace back to the exploitation of animals for meat. Is this the Law of Unintended Consequences in play?

Just consider this:

  • Coronavirus and SARs are deadly human viruses traced to live meat markets where alive animals sit in cages awaiting slaughter once purchased.
  • Ebola. E. Coli, MRSA, and Salmonella are deadly viruses born out of slaughterhouse environments and/or the exploitation of animals for meat.
  • Swine flu developed during the raising and slaughter of pigs for meat.
  • Mad cow disease came to be from the raising and slaughtering of cows for meat.
  • Avian flu developed from the unsanitary conditions of raising and killing birds for meat. Notably, a new strand of avian flu outbreak just hit the news, in Turkey.
  • The Spanish flu was an avian flu strand that killed 50-100 million Americans, which experts trace to a Kansas Chicken farm.
  • The HIV virus was introduced as a deadly human to human virus when we came into contact with Chimpanzee blood as we hunted them for meat.

What’s the common denominator? When you make an industry over the exploitation and killing of animals for meat, there is no way to keep bodily fluids, blood, guts, and diseased conditions sanitary. We slaughter three billion animals a day and more than one trillion animals a year for meat. The industry and conditions required to raise this quantity of animals to slaughter for food is unsanitary, inhumane, diseased, and perhaps the greatest weapon of mass destruction. The death toll for us and them is unprecedented.

History is repeating itself. When we make an industry out of exploiting and killing animals for food, highly contagious, deadly viral global pandemics that kill all of us are born. Yet, we are still feeding the industry demand. Meat is flying off the shelves in stores as we stock up on food to survive this global pandemic. A vaccine to end this global crisis, once found, is only a band-aid. The solution lies in a permanent legal ban on all global live meat markets, and to end the industry of factory farming.

Humanity should not build an industry that survives on the systematic mass murder of other beings. Humanity should be humane and focus on the sanitary humane treatment of animals. We are abusing Mother Nature and ruining our natural habitat. This is about our humanity to nature, to people, to animals, and to the world. What is our true human nature? Is killing our planet to raise and kill a trillion animals a year what human nature wishes to do to Mother Nature? Do we realize that live meat markets and slaughterhouses are hotbeds for many of the global viral pandemics that have plagued mankind?

Lots of questions can be posed:

In the interest of public health and safety in the U.S. and Internationally, will the CDC do its job to control and prevent disease and food borne pathogens by ordering the closure of all live meat markets and address factory farm / factory slaughterhouse conditions? Do we have rights as victims to the virus? Can we hold the EPA, live meat markets and slaughterhouses legally accountable for infringing on our clean air rights? Can we have meat-free laws like we have tobacco smoke-free laws? Why should my lungs suffer because you want to smoke? Likewise, why should my lungs fail because you want to feed an industry that kills the planet and its inhabitants? Do we have legal rights as vegans and vegetarians who are affected by the viral air pollution born in live meat markets and slaughterhouses?

How can you be part of the solution? You can choose to eat clean and be clean. As a species we need to return to a plant based diet. By decreasing our meat consumption, we end the demand for factory farming, live wildlife meat markets, and factory slaughterhouses. Thereby, we eliminate the cesspools that give birth to deadly viral pandemics that kill humans.

Does our survival depend on veganism going viral? BeVeg International, a law firm for vegan certification, is on a campaign to make veganism viral. BeVeg licenses use of its vegan symbol to companies and products with ethical business practices that do not partake in the exploitation of animals. “Companies that care about food safety and the survival of our species, which is dependent on the survival of all species, are taking this downtime in quarantine to get paperwork together to make their vegan claims official by certifying vegan with BeVeg,” says Carissa Kranz, Esq. founder and CEO of BeVeg global vegan certification firm.

Our survival as a species depends on sanitary food, beverages, and products that are not contaminated with diseased meat and fecal matter. Our survival as a planet depends on us ending the inevitable diseased viral conditions that exist and always will exist so long as we make slaughterhouses a big industry. As consumers, you can take this time to demand honest ethical labeling. Keep supply chains accountable to humane vegan standards, without exploitation of animals.

Carissa earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where she served as an Editor of Law Review and was awarded the “Best Oral Advocate” moot court award. Carissa also earned her Masters in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. Before founding her own law firm, Carissa was a prosecutor, Greenberg Traurig litigator, and a law clerk for the California Supreme Court. Most recently, Carissa was a co-host with Jane Velez-Mitchell on the new Amazon Prime cooking show New Day New Chef, which will be available on public television stations around the country.

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