Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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A very painful truth for meat-eaters and fur-wearers

Future pandemics are very likely, unless …

There used to be many good reasons for the world’s population to eat less meat, for those who find total veganism or vegetarianism too steep a goal.


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.

Animal Microbes

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.

Outdated Food

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.

NB: White flour bread/pasta is vegan but still an assault on your health.

The future of us is in your hands: Into what will they put your cutlery?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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