Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a group of 300+ doctors that advocate for a plant-based diet for prevention/treatment of chronic diseases, has recently joined No Meat May, in an effort to promote plant-based lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members of PBHP UK have shared their thoughts on how wet markets are not the only potential causes of zoonotic disease outbreaks. They believe that the consumption of any animal product – even from factory farming in the West – can trigger pandemics of an equal or even greater scale than the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr. Gemma Newman has shared on her Instagram page @plantpowerdoctor that “we have heard the reports that Covid-19 came from a live animal market in Wuhan. Some politicians and commentators blame China. They do not mention that all of the recent major disease outbreaks have been caused by tampering with animals, or that our chicken salad and pepperoni pizza could be the next big health risk.”
As far as No Meat May, sign-ups have gone up more than 150% this year, and in a recent survey, 37% of participants “cited concerns with possible links between the meat industry and public health.” The organization has shared the following statement: “One thing COVID-19 is teaching us is that we can and must live differently to protect the most vulnerable – and that includes animals and our fragile planet. Also, what better time to experiment with delicious, plant-based cooking than when you are holed up at home?”
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