300 leading doctors in the UK are encouraging general public to go vegan so as to forestall future pandemics brought about by zoonotic diseases.
Zoonotic diseases like the novel coronavirus can move from animals to people. More than 4.37 million individuals have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide and more than 300,000 have passed on, according to Worldometer.
Even though few specialists have reasons to believe that infection began in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, last December—the specific root of the disease presently can’t seem to be resolved.
Presently, in excess of 300 individuals from the Plant-Based Health Professionals UK—an association that advances plant-based diet regimen plans for the anticipation and treatment of chronic diseases and infections—are backing the “No Meat May” campaign.
The annual No Meat May campaign kicked off last week, and initial figures show a continued shift towards meat-free diets.
According to their website a record number of 25,000 people have already signed up to ditch meat for the month of May – a 150% increase on last year’s total sign-ups of 10,000 people.
The numbers suggest that more people are open to plant-based eating than ever before, and are willing to try a meat-free diet beyond the month of January, when hundreds of thousands take part in the annual Veganuary campaign.
Why to ditch meat
No Meat May urges consumers to pledge to give up meat for four key reasons: their health, the environment, for animals and to ensure a more sustainable food system for all.
Research has shown that a plant-based diet is the most significant way to reduce an individual’s carbon footprint, as well as potentially improving their health.
The members of the organization are encouraging the overall population to make the association between significant infection flare-ups like coronavirus and animal agriculture
“Some politicians and commentators blame China for Covid-19, but they do not mention that all of the recent major disease outbreaks have been caused by tampering with animals and their habitats, or that our chicken salad and pepperoni pizza could be the next big health risk,”
Dr. Gemma Newman, a senior partner at a UK medical practice, said in an official statement.
The No Meat May campaign challenges people to cut meat from their eating regimens for 31 days.
In addition to zoonotic diseases, Dr. Newman says the heavy amount of antibiotics used to treat sick animals on factory farms could also lead to more deaths. A 2019 UN report reveals ten million people may die by 2050 due to antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is becoming more prevalent in factory-farmed animals. This is causing them to become sources of deadly bacteria like MRSA, E. coli, and Salmonella—infections that can be passed on to humans. They endanger human health when even “last-resort” antibiotics become ineffective in killing the infection.