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SARS: Another Deadly Virus From the Meat Industry
by Michael Greger, M.D.
http://www.veganMD.org

Animal agriculture is not just a public health hazard for those that consume meat. In fact, the single worst epidemic in recorded world history, the 1918 influenza pandemic, has been blamed on the livestock industry.[1]

In that case, the unnatural density and proximity of ducks and pigs raised for slaughter probably led to the deaths of 20 to 40 million people across the world.[2] Since then, the raising of pigs and poultry has resulted in millions more human deaths from the 1957-58 Asian flu, the 1968-69 Hongkong Paper #0062.

[2] Kiple KF, editor. The Cambridge World History of Human Disease.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1993.
[3] The Straits Times (Singapore) ,March 21, 2003.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Time, April 7, 2003.
[6] The Straits Times (Singapore), March 21, 2003.
[7] Courier Mail (Australia) ,April 12, 2003.
[8] South China Morning Post, April 9, 2003.
[9] Sydney Morning Herald, April 7, 2003
[10] Time, April 7, 2003.
[11] The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, April 12, 2003.
[12] TB &Outbreaks Week, April 15, 2003.
[13] The Toronto Sun, March 28, 2003.
[14] New Scientist, April 03, 2003.
[15] Courier Mail (Australia), April 12, 2003.
[16] The Michigan Daily, April 09, 2003.
[17] New England Journal of Medicine, April 10, 2003.
[18] Santa Fe New Mexican (New Mexico), April 6, 2003.
[19] Ibid.
[20] New Scientist, April 03, 2003.
[21] Time, April 7, 2003.
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1. Re: Digest Number 929
From: tanglingshadows@aol.com
2. SARS: Another Deadly Virus From the Meat Industry
From: "Deborah Pageau"
3. AR2003 Website Updated - Exhibits Open
From: "FARM Campaigns"

Message: 1
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 18:55:30 EDT
From: tanglingshadows@aol.com
Subject: Re: Digest Number 929

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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 11:37:16 -0700
From: "Deborah Pageau"
Subject: SARS: Another Deadly Virus From the Meat Industry

SARS: Another Deadly Virus From the Meat Industry
by Michael Greger, M.D.
www.veganMD.org
4/13/03

Animal agriculture is not just a public health hazard for those that consume meat. In fact, the single worst epidemic in recorded world history, the 1918 influenza pandemic, has been blamed on the livestock industry.[1]
    In that case, the unnatural density and proximity of ducks and pigs raised for slaughter probably led to the deaths of 20 to 40 million people across the world.[2] Since then, the raising of pigs and poultry has resulted in millions more human deaths from the 1957-58 Asian flu, the 1968-69 Hongkong
flu and the 1977 swine flu.[3] All of these influenza strains seem to have arisen in the same region of southern China where intensive systems of animal agriculture have become a breeding ground for new killer viruses.[4]

For centuries, the Guangdong province of China has had the world's largest concentration of humans, pigs and fowl living in close proximity.[5] In this environment, pigs can become co-infected with both human and avian (bird) strains of influenza. When this happens, a deadly gene swapping can take place, in which the lethality of viral strains rampant in the Chinese poultry industry.[6] can combine which the human transmissibility of the human strains to create new mutated flu viruses capable of infecting and
killing people on a global scale.[7]

Other viral threats besides influenza have also escaped from Southeast Asian livestock operations. In 1999, a new virus, now known as the Nipah virus, jumped from pigs to humans in Malaysia, infecting
pig breeders and killing about a hundred people before it was stamped out.[8] In Southern Chinese province of Guangdong, battery chickens are sometimes kept directly above pig pens, depositing their waste right into the pigs' food troughs.[9] It may come no surprise, then, that Guangdong is thought to have been ground zero for the deadly SARS virus as well.[10] The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus is just the latest in a string of human tragedies traced back to our appetite for animal flesh.

According to the World Health Organization, SARS, which has already infected thousands worldwide, could become the "first severe new disease of the 21st century with global epidemic potential."[11] And experts are again blaming intensive animal agriculture.[12,13,14,15] According to China's equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control, the first people to succumb to the SARS virus were birdvendors and chefs, who had been in close and continued contact with chickens, ducks and other birds.[16]

Scientists have identified SARS as a coronavirus, a class of viruses well known to the livestock industry.[17] Coronaviruses are found in many feedlot cattle who die of pneumonia and are responsible
for the respiratory disease known as shipping fever in cattle stressed by transport.[18] There's currently a new mutant strain of coronavirus causing outbreaks of a contagious pneumonia on pig farms in several countries.[19] Preliminary work, though, suggests the SARS virus is more related to the one that causes lung infections in chickens.[20]

The concentration of animals with the weakened immune systems in insanitary conditions seems inherent to factory farming. As intensive livestock operations continue to spread worldwide, so will viral breeding grounds.[21] Moving away from intensive animal agriculture and towards more sustainable plant-based methods of production may benefit the health of the planet and its inhabitants in more ways than we know.

[1] Daily GC, Ehrlich PR. Development, Global Change, and the Epidemiological Environment. Stanford, CA: Stanford University; 1995. Paper #0062.
[2] Kiple KF, editor. The Cambridge World History of Human Disease. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1993.
[3] The Straits Times (Singapore) ,March 21, 2003.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Time, April 7, 2003.
[6] The Straits Times (Singapore), March 21, 2003.
[7] Courier Mail (Australia) ,April 12, 2003.
[8] South China Morning Post, April 9, 2003.
[9] Sydney Morning Herald, April 7, 2003
[10] Time, April 7, 2003.
[11] The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, April 12, 2003.
[12] TB & Outbreaks Week, April 15, 2003.
[13] The Toronto Sun, March 28, 2003.
[14] New Scientist, April 03, 2003.
[15] Courier Mail (Australia), April 12, 2003.
[16] The Michigan Daily, April 09, 2003.
[17] New England Journal of Medicine, April 10, 2003.
[18] Santa Fe New Mexican (New Mexico), April 6, 2003.
[19] Ibid.
[20] New Scientist, April 03, 2003.
[21] Time, April 7, 2003.

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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 14:46:44 -0400
From: "FARM Campaigns"
Subject: AR2003 Website Updated - Exhibits Open

The Animal Rights 2003 web site has been updated, and exhibit registration will open on April 16. The updates include sponsoring organizations, speakers, and lodging and travel boards.

Dozens of people have already taken advantage of the current discounted rate. Don't be left out. If you're still not sure whether you can make it, it's actually cheaper to register now and get a refund, if you decide not to go.

Animal Rights 2003 East will be held between June 27 - July 2 at the McLean (VA) Hilton (same place as the past three years), just outside the nation's capital. Animal Rights 2003 West will be held between August 1-6 at the Westin - LAX Hotel in Los Angeles. Nearly 1,000 people are expected at each event.

Please visit www.animalrights2003.org for details and registration. To arrange an exhibit, e-mail exhibits@animalrights2003.org. Send a blank e-mail to
AR2003-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join the AR2003 discussion group. The group is designed to improve the quality of the conferences and to provide inquiries on topics not adequately addressed on the website.

The program will include plenary sessions, workshops, 'rap' sessions, campaign reports, videos, and exhibits, as well as Newcomer Orientation, planning meetings, group workouts, Employment Clearinghouse, networking receptions, and Awards Banquet. A number of post-conference activities are scheduled for July 2 in DC and August 6 in LA.

Key speakers scheduled thus far include Carol Adams, Neal Barnard, the Baustons, Alan Berger, Steve Best, Linda Blair, Theo Capaldo, Lawrence Carter-Long, Robert Cohen, Joseph Connelly, Karen Davis, Karen Dawn, Joyce D'Silva, Michael Greger, Alex Hershaft, Steve Hindi, Kevin Jonas, Elliot Katz, Patrick Kwan, Howard Lyman, Mike Markarian, Jim Mason, Wayne Pacelle, Martin Rowe, Sherry Schlueter, Lauren Ornelas Sullivan, Peter Singer, Joyce Tischler, Paul Watson, and Zoe Weil.

The two conferences are co-sponsored by the American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animals Voice, Animal Protection Institute, Dairy Education Board, FARM, Farm Sanctuary, Fund For Animals, HSUS, In Defense of Animals, Lantern Books, New England Anti-Vivisection Society, United Poultry Concerns, Veg News, Vegetarian Times, and Wildlife Land Trust.

Be there for the animals, and do bring your friends! Alex Hershaft, National Chair, Animal Rights 2003
Thank you for your support of the greatest Meatout observance ever. Sign up at www.animalrights2003.org today, before the rates go up!

Sincerely,
Dawn Moncrief
National Coordinator, Meatout 2003
www.meatout.org
info@meatout.org
800-MEATOUT