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Did factory farming cause the virus, and the next one?

Further to our previous blog about people rejecting factory farmed food after Covid19 we now think it might be too late. Factory farming of pigs in China the USA and Poland could cause viruses like Covid19 and may already be producing the next pandemic.

According the the tireless work of Farms NOT Factories; “A new strain of the swine flu virus, H1N1 G4, has been detected both in pigs and humans in China. More than 1 in 10 pig farm workers in the new study had already been infected, according to antibody blood tests which showed exposure to the virus.The tests also showed that as many as 4.4% of the general population also appeared to have been exposed. Pigs have been shown to be hosts or “mixing vessels” for this new virus dubbed G4. Although the virus has not caused illnesses in people, and has not yet passed from humans to humans, scientists fear that it might mutate and cause another global pandemic.

London’s top public health official has said that meat processing plants are one of the areas where a second wave of COVID is most likely to emerge in the capital. Outbreaks have been seen in meat processing plants in Wales and Yorkshire, and in Germany, France, Spain and the US. The USA reports 20,000 infections of COVID in meat packing plant workers.”

Please watch the video below by clicking in the image.

time to act?

The team at Farms NOT Factories have been making films about the pig business for 20 years and it is incredibly annoying that nothing has been done by world governments to stop these appalling practices.

Why does it take death and recession to see change? I doubt the world will even react, especially Trump’s ‘money rules’, blame culture, USA. The UK must lead the way.

We already have animal welfare standards much higher than the rest of the world, yet our government has allowed cheap pork to be sold in our supermarkets. This should be banned, if the way the pigs are raised is banned in the UK then surely so should the pork!

Most experts agree that if this new threat does not materialise we will be lucky, and if we don’t see big changes in factory farming we will get another pandemic.

So please don’t buy pork, bacon or sausages unless it is free range or you know the farmer and how the pork has been produced. Please sign up with Farms NOT Factoriesto do your bit here

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