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Coronavirus, SARS, MERS, bird flu, mad cow disease, and swine flu all are contagious diseases that jump from animals to humans.
Bird flu came from a chicken factory farm. Swine flu came from a pig factory farm. Mad cow disease came from a cow factory farm. Coronavirus probably came from a wet market in China (where they slaughter dozens of species of animals in close proximity).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns: “…3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.”
So, the thing that no one is saying about Coronavirus is: we wouldn’t be in this mess (again) if people stopped eating animals.
Coronavirus is showing us the error of our ways.
As Gene Baur states in his article, Coronavirus and the karmic interconnectedness of humans and animals, “While animal-borne illnesses continue to threaten human health, agribusiness has a vested interest in preventing consumers from thinking about it—under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”
The blatant connection between animal agriculture and the illnesses that have racked the human population—again and again—is being obscured. Because it is such an inconvenient truth, it is not being talked about.
It seems to me that Coronavirus is one of the ways that a greater intelligence (the biosphere, life itself, the universe, collective consciousness, Mother Earth—whatever you want to call it!) is cautioning the human population against our egregious inhumane and unsustainable treatment of animals.
When a parent disciplines a child and the child doesn’t listen, the parent often has to enforce stronger discipline.
Likewise, when the human population continues to insist upon eating animals even as it grows exponentially, we will be “disciplined” accordingly.
If humans insist upon eating animals at the rate we do, then life will take over and ensure that there are less humans on this planet.
We didn’t listen after the bird flu. We didn’t listen after swine flu or mad cow disease or SARS or MERS.
Coronavirus is another attempt to get across the message: it is not safe or sustainable or humane or at all okay for 7.7 billion humans to eat animals.
As Gene Baur goes on in to say in his article:
“In the U.S., almost ten billion animals are exploited and slaughtered every year. Most live short miserable lives in overcrowded factory farms, which are a breeding ground for disease, including emerging pathogens and virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In addition to foodborne illness and environmental pollution, animal agriculture can also incite global pandemics like H1N1, which was initially called ‘swine flu’ because it was linked to a similar disease in pigs, but its connection to animal agriculture has since been largely obscured.
Our disrespectful treatment of other animals and the earth has consequences, and when they are harmed, ultimately, so are we. All life on Earth is connected, and it’s in our interest to act accordingly.”
Coronavirus is silently encouraging us to “invest in plant-based agriculture and grow crops to feed people instead of farm animals, which would feed more people with less land and fewer resources, allowing rainforests and other vital ecosystems to be preserved, along with biodiversity and the earth’s natural capacity for regulating greenhouse gasses and other environmental threats.” (Gene, The Hill)
So thank you, Coronavirus, for showing us the error of our ways and encouraging us to live more compassionately and sustainably.
We can either make different choices to protect the earth and the animals, or life itself will make sure that we do.
Elephant’s Continually-updating Coronavirus Diary. ~ Waylon
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