Future pandemics are very likely, unless …
These good reasons to have less animal farming come in a great variety:
Better health and tastier meals through better food,
Less poverty because of not wasting one’s money on animal produce,
A better society because killing animals lowers the bar to killing people,
Dramatically slowing down climate change that threatens to kill us all,
A stop to all-life-threatening deforestation for farming animal foods,
An end to world hunger when feeding people gets priority over animals,
Less animal suffering in a bio-industry that must cut corners to survive,
A stop to poisoning the environment with huge amounts of animal poop,
Fewer zoonoses: SARS-1, COVID-19, AIDS, avian/swine flu, salmonella, etc.
Yes, the latter is a prime reason I was not so aware of that now everyone knows. The current pandemic would not have happened if we didn’t keep these insane numbers of animals for consumption or for wearing their fur.
Even more importantly, the next pandemics are in the making! These microbes first fester in animals, mutate fast because of the tremendous amounts of animals crammed together in farms, until they jump unto humans, who also are packed together, and then from human to human.
We would have no pandemics if we would abolish international travel, city life, and the personal liberties that moderns think themselves entitled to. But, apparently, too many people refuse to give up on these gains.
That leaves only one way to prevent zoonotic pandemics: stop mass farming of animals. Not just to eat less meat. Just forget about it.
We also don’t use bloodletting anymore — once advocated as healthy.
Many countries have outlawed corporal punishment for children and rape of wives — once advocated as healthy and natural.
You weren’t eating ‘meat’ and ‘poultry’. These are flesh and body parts.
You could say: but ‘soon,’ most people will be vaccinated. There will be potent medication to save everyone’s life from COVID-19. Yes, that could be. But at what human cost? You want this to happen every five years?
You don’t want any more pandemics? Cut the steak. But: from the menu. Also: no more eggs, no more milk. Maybe, for the time being: fish.
If you want, you can dream of killing an animal for food one more time once medicine has made our bodies inaccessible to microbe replication, we solved world hunger, and we have ended the climate change threat.
No, butchers don’t need to close their stores. They just need to reform them. Specialized in protein foods: from beans, whole grains, and nuts.
In the beginning, much fake meat and cheese, fake milk and eggs may be sold and eaten. Until many discover that they don’t need these tasteless fake products hyped by salt, spices, onions, garlic, and sugar. Rather, most will return to real food, that is tasty, satisfies, and supports our health.
The future of us is in your hands: Into what will they put your cutlery?